As we reach the end of our professional career, we look forward to retirement. By this time, you would have reached where you rightfully should be, and would now be contemplating on spending the rest of your time in relative peace and serenity.
You would probably have started making a list of books to read. There's also the rose garden you always look forawrd to grow. You have even been surfing online to find holiday destinations you can head for a well-deserved break.
However, before we make this tough decision, we are often troubled by one mammoth question: Am I really ready to retire?
Life out of Office
While most of do look forward to the "golden days", the onset of retirement often deals a heavy blow to most seasoned professionals. Out of the blue, they are without a job. There is suddenly too much of time in hand. Your regualar, well-trained schedule is thrown out of order. Then, you start missing the hustle and bustle of the workplace.
The Cash Conundrum
Retirement also reduces a large chunk of liquid income. While you might assume you have enough to live on, you will find out it isn't so easy to keep up to the standard of living you were used to. You might have to cut down expenses and give up on a few luxuries. Also avoid the temptation of binge spending.
Hale and Hearty
For many, retirement becomes an excuse to completely neglect healthy practices. Without a strict schedule, you tend to coop up in your house, without so much as pandering outdoors. No more visits to the gym, early morning walks or squash matches with your coworkers.
A Balanced Retirement Plan
Before you decide on retirement, be sure to chart out a sound retirement plan.
Contact a financial consultant or accountant and seek help in assessing your current economic state. There may be several issues which might have skipped our mind, which they might be able to point out. They will also be able to give valuable suggestions and recommend investments which will help you reduce costs or reap better benefits.
Take the time to run a personal assessment as well. Are you a person who loves to be amongst the crowd? Will you miss the orderliness of a workplace? In any case, make sure that you have enough activities to fill your day. Pick up on a few hobbies. Plan out a regular daily schedule. Join a club or an organization and meet new people.
Never let lassitude creep into your life after retirement. Make sure you step outside your house every day. Keep a strict weekly schedule for yourself which ensures a daily dose of outdoor activity, Also include tasks which require a bit of physical exertion. Regular exercise, biking, swimming, etc not just keep your healthy, but also keep you young at heart.
One final word of caution. Many retirees take advantage of the bulk money they recieve to chart out an elaborate vacation plan. You certainly do deserve a vacation. However, do consult an financial expert before you plan out that trip to Thailand!