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Old 08-06-2017, 08:20 AM
Location: Myrtle Beach
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I don't consider myself lazy, I'm just really into conserving my energy. I do try to accomplish one household task a day. Sometimes its as small as cleaning the kitchen counter. Napping is one of the joys of retirement.
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:21 AM
Location: SW Florida
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Definitely. When I worked full time I had certain household chores that I did depending on the day of the week. I tried to keep up with it so I didn't spend my whole weekend cleaning. Now I have the attitude if it doesn't get done today, it will get done tomorrow or the next day.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:08 AM
Location: Hudson Valley, NY
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My wife is extremely energetic and always on the go. She has her fitbit on all the time and let's me know when she's hit 10,000 steps and how many flights of stairs she's climbed ...I feel I have an obligation to sit in my big chair all day and watch her and do whatever I can to help her achieve her goals.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:13 AM
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YES. And I am feeling a little perturbed by it. Truth be known though, my first year of retirement starting Feb 2016 was one of the busiest, hardest times of my life - selling a house, packing, moving, renting for 3 months after house sold, moving, renting for six months in new location, buying and moving to house in new location and now remodeling from top to bottom as time and funds allow. As life has settled down a bit, I find it hard to get used to not being so busy. Only now, am I starting to know the bliss of choosing how to spend the moments.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:16 AM
Location: Chicago area
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Am I lazier? Well I guess that depends on how you look at it. My job was high octane stress and constant motion. I don't move like that any more. I actually have time for peaceful dinners vs. shovel and run. So, yes , in that sense I'm lazier.

I spent hours pulling weeds and helping John install a gutter yesterday. I ran after a 5 year old last Monday for 12 hours. I did a 2 and a half hour night ride on Tuesday after I walked the dogs for an hour. I roller skated for 2 hours on Friday. I'm as active as I was before around the house, but I'm not as active as I was when I was working.

Hmm today? I think I'll clean the garage before the rain comes. Tomorrow is ice skating and I don't leave the rink for an hour and a half. Then it's a night swim later with our friends. Nope, not lazy. I just fill those work hours with fun instead.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by FeelinLow View Post
When is your time coming, Jane?
Thanks for asking. If I had my druthers, it would be sooner rather than later, lol! - But the medical coverage issue is a real concern. Medicare would be a LOT easier on the nest egg than COBRA. Thanks again.
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Old 08-06-2017, 10:41 AM
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I certainly plan to and hope to be lazier without the energy drain of working and working night shift. If I feel like being busy, I have some ideas as to what to do, but I think there will be quite a detox period first.
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Old 08-06-2017, 02:11 PM
Location: State of Denial
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Yes, I am lazier. If I want to do nothing, I have all the time in the world in which not to do it.....

When something doesn't HAVE to be done today, I'm delighted to put it off until tomorrow...or tomorrow...or tomorrow.
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Old 08-06-2017, 02:39 PM
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No, I have not gotten lazier. If anything the opposite is true. I realize I have less energy and time to learn and experience and accomplish goals.
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Old 08-06-2017, 05:47 PM
Location: Los Angeles area
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Except for the post just above mine, everybody's answer thus far in the thread has been some version of "yes". That is to be expected, and my answer is also yes, I have become lazier in retirement. But there are varying degrees of laziness. I am the type who needs some structure in my life, so it is there - stuff from which I derive a sense of accomplishment and gratification, not just things to pass the time. But overall, my amount of structure is substantially less than it was before retirement. I am not "driven" to see how much I can accomplish. I am on a more relaxed path than before.
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