So, How’s Retirement Going?

Before I start this week’s topic, I want to add extra information I received regarding Access Copyright, which I mentioned in last week’s blog. An author kindly provided a link which indicates that if you are self-published you can apply to Access Copyright as a Creator Affiliate. I’ve provided the link with more information HERE. As my colleague pointed out, it’s not that easy to find the info on their website. But if you’re interested in registering with the program, you can fill out their form HERE.

So, I’ve been retired from my day job a little over nine months now and if you were to ask me how I find it, my answer is that it’s great, except I’m still working full time. It’s just that those hours are spent on editing and the many tasks that go with being a published author.

I’ve been keeping track of I’ve the hours spent on writing, editing, and promotional stuff each week, and was a little surprised to see that I’ve been averaging a 37 hour week from the get-go. Hmm. Am I okay with this? Yeah. It still gives me more downtime than I had this time last year. Did I set out to create a 35-40 hour week? No, not really. It happened because I’m enjoying what I’m doing and I’ve spent a fair bit of time implementing some of the new things I’ve learned in workshops over the past six months.

I start each day, thinking about what I need to get done, what I would like to get done, then head downstairs to my office, and work on what I can get done. I often ask myself how much can I accomplish each day without pushing too hard?

Another reason for the all the computer time is that winter’s kept me from gardening and going for long walks. No matter how bundled up I am, I wind up with runny noses and a cough in damp, rainy weather. Secondly, I’m focused on completing the next round of edits to send my current WIPs to beta readers. Third, I’ll be babysitting Ellie starting in August, which will definitely cut down writing time. We’re also planning to downsize our house (a chore in itself since we’ve lived here over 30 years) and move in 2023, which will likely throw productivity way off course.

I still keep a routine because it helps with productivity and creating more downtime, but I also need some flexibility. Life still involves appointments and unexpected situations. I have no idea what my writing life will be like a year from now. All I know is that I’m enjoying the moment while looking forward to the future. And maybe that’s enough.

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and various jobs, inspired me to write mysteries set in BC’s Lower Mainland. Employment as a campus security patrol and communications officer provide the background for my my Casey Holland transit security novels. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at dpurdykong@gmail.com

11 thoughts on “So, How’s Retirement Going?”

  1. Debra, it sounds like you’ve approached retirement in exactly the right way, with a sense of purpose. It’s perfectly fine to spend 37 hours/wk doing what you want to do, that’s what retirement is all about! And you can change direction and priorities when you want as well, isn’t it grand?!! You go, girl.

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    1. Thank you, Jacqui. There’s so much less stress when I don’t have someone looking over my shoulder, making sure I’ve finished a task to their deadline. Love having deadlines and goals that I set!

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    1. Thanks, KC. You’ve made a great point. Having gone through dementia with my mom, if nothing else, writing is great for brain health, even for that reason alone, I’ll do this for as long as I can.

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  2. It seems to me that you are using your time wisely. It is important to keep busy and your brain active. Is your husband still working? I found it hard to keep a schedule as my husband was retired at the same time and kept wanting me to do things with him. I was constantly interrupted. We have worked in all out now, but at first, I was very frustrated.

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    1. Yes, he’s still working full time and plans to for a couple more years. He has a few hobbies but you’re right, it’s going to impact my schedule. On Fridays, he works from home, and even then, things are slightly more disruptive. Like you, we’ll work it out, eventually… 🙂

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      1. I´m sure you will. I did find it difficult at first but then you will have had a couple of years on your own time. We retired at the same time and then moved to another country. What were we thinking?? When my uncle retired, my aunt was going out for lunch with girlfriends and he asked if he could come along. She said, “No. I married you for better and for worse but not for lunch!” They were married for 72 years.

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