Retirement planning isn’t just about financial planning. A happy retirement rests on you being ready, from both an emotional and a financial point of view. The following questions will help you to assess your readiness for retirement.
Take a few moments to answer the following questions. When you are finished, you should have a good idea about whether or not this is the right time to put your working years behind you.
Have you considered how you will spend your free time?
Many retirees find themselves at a loss within a few months of retirement, wondering how to occupy themselves now that they are no longer working everyday
Are you able to define yourself in terms that are not career related?
After years of working, it's not uncommon to think of oneself as merely their job title, but such a mindset can make it difficult to comfortably move on to the next stage in life. Some retirees find that by volunteering their time to a favoured cause, they can meet their need for making a difference without the sometimes harsh restraints of managing a career
Do you have a strong support system of friends and/or family members?
Socialising is important for happiness and mental well-being, so it’s vital that retirees make an effort to maintain bonds with those closest to them. For those who have few close relationships outside of the workplace, joining clubs or participating in hobbies with like-minded folks can help fill the void left by missing ex-coworkers
Have you taken some time to think about your life after retirement?
Failing to have a plan of action can result in dissatisfaction with the very state that you worked so hard to achieve. If you have a spouse or are in a committed relationship, have you considered how the change in your working status may impact upon your partner and your relationship? It's common for people to fall into comfortable routines and when one or both partners experience a significant life change, it can cause a bit of temporary discord
Once you've a realistic picture of where you currently stand, you're in a position to make smart choices that will help to ensure a happy and secure retirement.
If you've considered the points above and you come to the conclusion that you are indeed ready to join the ranks of the permanently and happily retired, congratulations! You’ve earned the right to relax and enjoy your retirement.
However, if reading through the points above makes you uneasy about your readiness to retire, take time to reconsider your options. Being aware of the areas that you feel may be problematic offers you the opportunity to take steps to be better prepared.
This article was written by the career coaching experts at Renovo.