Figuring out what’s next 

Are you hesitant to retire because you don’t know who you’ll be without a job or what you will do with all your free time?

According to Richard P. Johnson, PhD, a renowned author in the field of gerontology and creator of the Retirement Success Profile™ and the Life Options Profile™, a significant number of recent retirees flounder because they don’t put a plan in place to make the transition from the workforce.

Figuring out who you are without your work is an individual undertaking that may take time, effort and perhaps coaching to understand, but finding things to do with your time can be a lot simpler. It’s connecting those things to what will bring you joy that is most important. According to the LifeOptions Profile™ all we do in life can be divided into these six life arenas:

  • Career & Work
  • Health & Wellness
  • Leisure & Social
  • Financial Matters
  • Family & Relationships
  • Personal Development

The healthiest and happiest individuals are those who find balance among the six. You can start your journey by making a list of ideas and activities for each life arena. To help spur your imagination:

  • Think about what you enjoy doing now and want to do more of?
  • What have you always wanted to try?
  • What gave you enjoyment earlier in life that you’d like to reintroduce now?
  • What do you need to feel confidence in your financial future?
  • What will enhance your relationships?
  • What will increase your mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being and bring joy to your life?

Paying attention to all six life arenas will help you find that balance and figure out what’s next for you.

To learn more about how you can plan for and live your ideal retirement, visit Your Ideal Retirement Coaching website and request our free tip sheet: 99 Things to do After You Retire for more ideas.

(This post originally appeared in Your Ideal Retirement August e-newsletter. Sign up to receive your copy on our website.) 


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