What do you want to do with the freedom that comes with retirement? It’s up to you. Yes, we may have less energy as we get older, but how can we make sure we’re using what we have on what matters to us?
I had three careers—techie, business person, and minister—but when I finally retired I had to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. I developed these tools to help me decide what to do when I got up in the morning. As a retiree I know how it feels to have less energy, senior moments, aches and pains, and medical surprises. I also know that it’s possible to make provisions for the effects of aging and build a life that’s purposeful, enjoyable, and grounded in our own choices.
How to Decide What to Do Next When You’re Retired provides accessible, easy to use ways to figure out how to spend time on the things that matter. Through discussion, questions, examples, and worksheets, you will discover ways to:
- uncover your own personal meaning and values
- plan for each stage of retirement
- consider the potential obstacles of aging
- identify your personal goals and directions
- create helpful habits
- plan balanced days and weeks
- recognize and appreciate your accomplishments
- build both consistency and flexibility into your planning
The sections can be used together or separately, so you can use those tools that best fit your situation and personal style.
If you are avoiding thinking about what’s coming in retirement, this material can be a game-changer. It gives you real control over how you use your time and energy resources. It changes the sense of impending loss into time filled with meaning and purpose that’s adapted to the real limitations of aging. Your retirement is in your hands, and these tools are here to help you make it what you want it to be.