At age 59, Nancy A. Shenker changed her life. She gave away most of her belongings, moved to Arizona from New York, and began to focus on writing and public speaking in addition to the marketing consulting that had dominated her professional career. She wanted to create a more intentional life, with flexibility for travel, exercise, education and visits with her grandchildren. She calls it “pretirement.”
Then last year, a client dumped a huge project on her just as she was heading out of town to see her family, which overshadowed the entire trip.
“I’ll never get that time back,” says Shenker, now 64. “Balancing work and life is still a challenge, even though I’m not part of the corporate hamster wheel anymore.”
Whether fully or partially retired, some people are busier in their later years than when they were working full time. Where is that sense of leisurely ease retirees anticipated their entire working life? How can they make the most of precious hours and days that seem to fly by faster the older they get?
“Managing an abundance of time is as challenging as managing a scarcity of time because it requires you to ask what matters to you,” says Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Portfolio, $18) and Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done (Portfolio, $25).
Productivity and time management experts like Vanderkam say you can reclaim your retirement with these nine tips for managing time better.