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Surviving Retirement When You’re A Workaholic

Surviving Retirement When You’re A Workaholic

By Douglas Dubitsky, Next Avenue Contributor

Can a workaholic ever retire?

Many workaholics genuinely enjoy the rush of starting and completing projects and continuing the non-stop cycle. So it may also be difficult for them to contemplate what life may be like in retirement once they are officially out of the workforce.

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If you’re a workaholic, smoothing your transition to retirement means uncovering the answer to the question: What part of the end of your job will you miss the most? It might be the people. Or the challenges. Or having purpose. Once you know which it is, you can focus on how to reap the same benefits — and feelings —while not holding down full-time employment.

5 Retirement Tips for Workaholics

Here are 5 tips to help workaholics ease into retirement:

1. Start slowly If you jump into retirement all at once, the shock to your routine might be too much to handle. Instead, look for opportunities where you can work part-time, even with your current employer.

Cut back on your work hours gradually and your non-working life could just slip into place. Look for a weekend job, or an after-hours job, to start while you’re employed full-time. This could turn into part-time employment that you may want to pursue during retirement.

You might want to find out if your current employer would consider keeping you on as a consultant in retirement. This may help your employer retain your institutional knowledge while you enjoy a more flexible schedule.

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