Most people have a pretty good idea of what to do every day leading up to retirement, but what are they supposed to do once they get there? Here are 7 things to consider doing, and in some cases not doing, during their first 30 days of retirement.
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1) Celebrate It!
You’ve waited a long time and worked hard to get to this point in life. So, take a moment to celebrate it. Whether that means buying a nice bottle of wine, going out to eat at an upscale restaurant, or taking a weekend trip to relish in your accomplishment, give yourself a pat on the back before starting this next phase of life.
2) Set Some Parameters
Retirement means different things to different people, especially for those around you. Therefore, take some time to communicate your initial plans for retirement including the fact that you won’t be making any major decisions regarding downsizing, moving, taking on a major renovation, making a large gift to a community foundation or family member, or locking in a set day and time to watch the grandkids every week. Give yourself some time to acclimate to your new life before disrupting it with things that are difficult to change, alter, or stop.
3) Avoid The TV Trap
Sometimes it’s just as valuable to figure out what not to do in your first 30 days as it is to figure out what to do. Therefore, limit the amount of time and energy you commit to watching TV, particularly news stations. Yes, staying relevant and worldly can play an important role in staying mentally sharp in retirement, but this can also be done by reading books, visiting with others, and experiencing events rather than watching them. Many new retirees have been turned into conspiracy theorists and couch potatoes because they let people on TV dictate their mood and outlook rather than fostering their own.
4) Make Concrete Plans With Friends