I started this blog three months ago when I retired. Consequently, I'm issuing a quarterly report of what I've learned in my departure from the world of work as a central life interest. I had intentions of filing my CDs, organizing my music collection, teaching myself to play piano, losing weight/working out and writing a blog. Only two of the intentions came to fruition, losing 10 pounds/exercising six days a week and the blog.
I have some lessons learned:
1. You will now be 24/7 with your spouse, especially if your spouse (or if you prefer significant other) is also retired. That means at least 40 hours a week of more potential contact. (In my case, the secret to over 40 years of marriage may be we worked different shifts.) The lesson learned is give the other space and don't be joined at the hip all the time.
2. Post work, initial retirement paper work takes a lot of time, especially in consolidating accounts, transferring any work benefits, converting to a new medical plan (Medicare or Medicare Advantage), etc., Be exact and check everything, including if benefits from work are still continued despite your expectations, such as life insurance. There will be time lags, especially in automatic banking transactions.
3. Do something new. There is no excuse of being too busy or not enough time. Do additional chores and new chores around the house (it's your house too). Cook something and don't be afraid of initially making something inedible. However, don't overdo something new; specifically don't follow your investments every 30 minutes when the market is open or check E-mail constantly.
4. Do something old. Maintain contacts with former workers, meeting them for lunch or after work drinks. However, do not gloat over not having to work. Also reread books you were assigned when younger. Maybe you can now understand Faulkner after it being forced down your throat in an undergraduate literature glass. (I'm partial to Mencken's essays.)
I've noticed it is also easy to fall into stereotypes associated with being retired. I've developed a habit of keeping my turn signal on after making a turn. However, I don't go to sleep before 12:30 am.