Journaling For What’s Next In Retirement

Journal to set yourself free. If you’ve been trying to add more meaning to your life or want to  figure out what’s next,  give journaling a try. It’s easy and judgment free. No sees it but you. Also, it’s a great solution for the “what to do in retirement” blues.

Journaling is a way to see where you’ve been and helps you create a picture of where you’d like to go next. Because if you’re at all like me, and always have a jumble of thoughts running through your mind,  journaling allows you to get them sorted out.

Journal for a while and then look back at it. You’ll see some similar thought  patterns begin to emerge.   Avoid judging your writing style, your topics or your grammar. It’s just for you. There’s no grade. Therefore, everything you write gets a smiley face.

As a retirement life coach, I suggest journaling to my clients as a way gain perspective on where they are in life. As a result, it allows new ideas to come forward and often we discuss how these might fit in with their retirement plans.

Journaling is a way to better understand how all that’s happened in your life relates to where you are now. In addition, it shows how valuable your life experiences have been, and how those can often lead you to explore new interests in retirement.

Remember, retirement is all about self-discovery.  Sometimes you just need a little push to start.

Finally, need some inspiration to get going? Answer these questions in your journal:

  1. Describe where you are today in your midlife planning process.
  2. What are your biggest concerns about your life now?
  3. What result would you like to see as a result of journaling about your life plans?

Having a problem visualizing what’s next in your life? Try journaling to express what’s going through your mind. Since seeing the results in writing (or online) should give you some new directions to explore. The solution may be just the write one for you.


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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