Retirement means change, and the one change that has the most potential to unbalance people is the sudden glut of available leisure time. While focusing on financial goals, travel plans and the anticipation of leaving the office behind, many pre-retirees fail to consider how they will fill their time on a daily basis. A recent USA Today article, “Before you retire make a leisure plan with purpose” (July 2016), addressed the issue and offered the following planning suggestions:
So exactly how does one go about managing his or her time after spending decades planning life around a work schedule? Retirement blog Things could be worse, written by former college professor Dr. Rin Porter, includes both expert insights and personal stories from retirees who have learned how to satisfactorily manage their time. A 2015 article titled “You Can Structure Time in Retirement Successfully” found these tips to be the most universally recommended:
Just as there is no one-size-fits-all financial approach to retirement, there is no one way for everyone to manage his or her time. As you get closer to winding down your work life, be sure to take the time to visualize how you want your life to look, down to the daily details. Your future retired self will thank you.