Habits to help you prosper (in retirement)
I came across this chart the other day – habits to help you prosper. I’ve added the words “in retirement” because it struck me how those habits that guide you in your working life also apply when you have retired. Some of them need a tweak, and adjustment, a different slant. But generally, good habits are lifelong.
Here is my take on “habits to help you prosper” from a retirement angle.
Habits in retirement
Let’s face it, giving up work is an opportunity to change your life. Freed from the drudgery of having to earn money, you can chose how to spend your waking hours. No more a slave to the alarm clock, targets left behind, performance reviews a memory cheerfully forgotten.
But those habits can be good or bad. Will your retirement be slothful, relaxing, sedentary and completely stress free?
Or should you seek activity, ambition, learning and have some goals for later life?
Let’s look at these titles, in turn, and see how they apply in your third age.
Get up early
Watch less TV
Invest in yourself
The secret to success in anything you do in life is to never stop learning. That does not change in retirement. It’s always important to continue to learn new skills – it keeps the brain active, forces you to stay up to date in a changing world and improves your motivation and sense of self worth. Fortunately, there are many resources that enable you to invest in yourself, both online and (post pandemic) via actual meetings.
Read more books
There are many benefits to reading more books in later life:
1. Enhancing memory
2. Improving decision making skills
3. Delaying the onset of Alhzheimer’s and Dementia
4. Reducing stress
5. Better sleep
Reading is cheap (maybe free with a good library service), offers the above benefits and helps us with the research necessary to achieve our dreams.
Avoid time wasters
Do you find yourself saying things like:
“What did I do today?”
“Where did that day go?”
“I feel like I didn’t get anything done”.
The biggest time waster of course is social media. You can easily while away an hour or so on Facebook, and that is perfectly fine – in moderation. But we all know people who live their lives on social media, updating us with every last detail of their lives. This is not a productive use of your time. Limit your social media use. Just don’t tell Zuckerberg.
Take calculated risks
In the original, business orientated context, this meant taking career risks to help you stand out in your chosen field. Or possibily a stock market gamble.
In retirement however, career ambitions have gone and the stock market is an avenue to be approached with caution. However, for the senior looking to expand their social circle or improve their lifestyle, a calculated risk might include joining a choir, dance classes or speaking group. The risk is failure and/or embarrassment – but success might open up a whole new world of possibilities.
Write down your goals
Live on less than you make
Make your health a priority
Do work that matters to you
Learn from people you admire
Foster meaningful relationships
Cultivate an attitude of gratitude
Take action, even when it’s scary
What is life, if it’s not for living? Creating memories. So – carpe diem.