Finding Routines In Retirement

Do routines sound dull and boring to you? Are you looking forward to retirement and never having to schedule your time again?  That’s certainly what I thought.  Retirement signaled the end of having routines in my life. Surprisingly, finding routines in retirement greatly improved my daily life.

At first I dismissed anything that felt like a schedule or a routine.  I let things happen on their own time. This included starting up a post-retirement business as a retirement coach. I thought working for myself would be motivating enough and I’d  just naturally do whatever was necessary to become successful.

Despite having the best intentions, nothing was happening. I was deep in the weeds and encountering one of the classic problems of retirement. There were so many things I could do, that I couldn’t decide what to pick.     

I had vague goals in my head about what I wanted to do in my coaching business but could never make any progress. And I kept wondering how I could manage my time better.

Finally I realized that setting up routines for writing and working on developing my business would give the focus I needed. Creating schedules for work time gave me a better sense of purpose. I knew I’d get done what was necessary and quit wasting time trying to decide what to do next.

When you retire, you don’t lose your need for some sort of structure. Yes, you can sleep in and not worry about commuting but chances are, you’ve been waiting a long time to do something that’s important to you.

Don’t blow your chance of making it happen because you tie yourself up in knots trying to figure out what to do first. Set up a routine get yourself ready to do all the wonderful things you’ve been looking forward to in retirement.


Many readers find themselves stuck in planning for retirement. Retirement Style offers a number of resources, including our 30 Day Journaling Challenge, to help you get unstuck in working towards your best retirement. If you would like to speak to a certified retirement coach about your personal journey, please contact us.

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