Life After Work



Planning Your New Life

There comes a time in life when you decide it’s time to stop working, whether you have been employed or self-employed.  The old stigma was that when you retired, that was the end of your life.  And from that moment on everything went downhill, so you had better check yourself into a retirement village. 

The reality is that nothing could be further from the truth!  In fact this should be one of the most exciting times of your life.  Accordingly, the word ‘retirement’ does not fit.  So, from here on we will refer to that time of life as ‘New Life’ rather than retirement.

Super and Money

When you mention New Life to most people they think of superannuation and money; but this is only a part of your new life.  The biggest part, quite often the hardest and the least thought about, is planning how you are going to fill in time in your new life.  How will you replace the 8 hours a day you used to spend at work, with something that is meaningful?

Many new lifers have not planned for this.  They cannot handle all the spare time they are suddenly left with, not being involved in work projects anymore, not being kept in the loop, and most of all, not being able to interact with workmates on a daily basis.

Consequently, the theme here is not about super and money, it’s about how you spend time in your new life, how to spend your days by keeping fit and healthy, doing something meaningful, enjoyable, and participative that will help you continue to put your stamp on projects and make a difference.  It’s also about making that transition and moving on.

Maintaining Work Friendships

Even though you have decided to opt out of the workforce for a new life, it’s still important to maintain those important friendships you made with work colleagues.  Giving up work for good, doesn’t mean you have to give up your work friends for good.

TIP – Stay in Touch

There are lots of things you can do to stay in touch.  For example, form a club, or a group that meets every month or bimonthly; or arrange to meet individual friends over coffee, lunch, or a drink on a regular basis.  Whatever is organised it’s important to remember that it will only work if you yourself make the effort.

Ideas for Your New Life

Let’s look at some things you can do with your time in your new life.  The list below is not exhaustive, there are many things to get involved in.  Add to the list and research it.

  • Voluntary Work
  • Part Time Employment
  • Small Hobby Business
  • Hobbies and Interests
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Family Care
  • Travel

TIP – Ease into It

Whatever it is you decide to do, a good idea is to ease yourself into it.  Try doing some of your chosen activities while you are still working, so that you become accustomed to doing them as part of your everyday life.  That way the transition will not seem so abrupt.  One way of doing this is to go from full time to part time work, instead of giving it up altogether.  That way you will have the best of both worlds - still active in your job but at the same time you will have more time to take up that hobby.

 General Health

Of course you will not be able to do any of the above if you don’t have good health and you are not reasonably fit.  As we age this is the single most important thing about maintaining your new life.  Evidence shows that if you start your new life as healthy as possible, you are more likely to stay that way well into later life.

To be healthy you need to eat the right foods, such as fruit and vegetables, grains and nuts, dairy products such as milk and cheese, and fish and lean meat.  You need to avoid eating things that aren’t good for you such as sugar, salt, fatty products, and drinking too much alcohol.

Maintaining good health also requires you to drink lots of water, at least a couple of litres per day.  You need to get at least 7 or 8 hours sleep each day, and have enough time for relaxation, where you have time out for yourself.  A good way to do this is to allocate quiet time on your own to meditate, listen to music, or read a novel.

Physical Fitness

Of course maintaining your health is not just about eating, sleeping and relaxing properly.  Just as important is being physically fit.  One of the best ways of living a long and healthy life is through regular exercise.  It helps all the body systems to function at their best and is important for the prevention of major diseases.

Did you know that regular physical activity helps reduce the effects of aging such as limited mobility, balance, flexibility and muscle strength.  It also decreases the risk of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes.  It helps to improve breathing, circulation, lower blood pressure and reduce aches and pains that may be caused by conditions such as arthritis.  It also boosts energy and helps reduce stress.

Life After Work Workbook

Complete Life After Work by purchasing the full workbook on this topic.  Learn about mental fitness, your entitlements as a senior, what to consider in your financial plan, budgeting, the age pension, and planning your new life home.  The workbook is packed with lots more ideas, activities, templates, and samples to help you prepare for your new life. Sharpen your skills further by engaging your own private Coach.  Contact us!  In its original state the workbook can be used by facilitators for short workshop presentations.

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