Retirement Stepping Stone 11: I found a productive new workspace.

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I loved my ‘mobile office’ sessions–those times when I packed up my  notebooks, laptop, etc.,  drove to a favorite  location, and worked on projects.

If you’re a creator/writer/maker/designer/idea person, try this out.

Here are a few advantages over the typical coffee shop setting: 1. You’re creating your own ‘bubble of focus’. 2. You save money by bringing your own coffee and food. [There’s a good chance your own coffee and food is better than what you buy anyway.].  3. You can choose silence or provide your own music. 4. Distractions? The solution is a five-minute drive to your next preferred location. 5. You can spread out your stuff without concern for trespassing onto other customers’ tables.


Note: I retired for twelve months and learned plenty. I’ll be posting my impressions and lessons–I’ll call them ‘stepping stones‘–as a friend, not an advisor, and certainly not as an expert. Quite the opposite, in fact.


Along with my book-in-progress, I’m also looking at setting up an online community.
If you’re interested… [Honest! I’m scaling back my ‘shiny objects’ list!]


Yes, keep me updated!

A promise: Your email address will be used to inform you of the status of the book and community and will not be shared.

 

Retirement Stepping Stone 10: Shiny object syndrome…a real thing

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[I hung up my butterfly wings at least a year ago.]
But the ‘shiny object’ illustration? Too good to pass up.

I was all over the map trying new things, shelling out cash for software, ebooks, member sites, folders of PDF resources.

Yep, those would certainly steer me in the right direction.

Uhhh, no.

But, for many of us, that’s what Year 1 is all about.

Finding what works, revisiting back-burnered interests from long ago, reminding ourselves that we still have energy, smarts, and skills.

Still, even with all those solid rationalizations, if I could relive Year 1, I would scale it back and lock in on two, maybe three, key interests and see what results.

But that’s just me. I’d love to read your comments about the shiny-object syndrome.

Finally, I like this post on dealing with shiny object syndrome.


Note: I retired for twelve months and learned plenty. I’ll be posting my impressions and lessons–I’ll call them ‘stepping stones‘–as a friend, not an advisor, and certainly not as an expert. Quite the opposite, in fact.


Along with my book-in-progress, I’m also looking at setting up an online community.
If you’re interested… [Honest! I’m scaling back my ‘shiny objects’ list!]


Yes, keep me updated!

A promise: Your email address will be used to inform you of the status of the book and community and will not be shared.