When you think of planning for your retirement, you probably think of your superannuation other money stuff. That's all good, but don't neglect to consider how you're going to spend your time.
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As business site Harvard Business Review points out, most people don't really pursue the idea of retirement because they want to sit in a chair and stare at a wall for the rest of their life. We may like the idea of no longer having to work, but we can often give very little thought to what we actually want to spend our time doing. That puts an awful lot of pressure on your final years to live up to all the effort you put towards retiring. So, while you're planning financially for your retirement, it makes sense to also consider what you want the purpose of your retirement to be:
To put it another way: We don't actually want to retire and do nothing. We just want to do something we love. And I'm not talking about endless days of back nines, fishing, and sailing into the sunset. While we might want some time to do those things, you'd be surprised to learn how quickly the bloom can come off of that type of rosy retirement.
As you start to think about what you'll do with your time when you retire, you may discover that you don't have to wait. If you want to spend your years travelling around the world, you don't necessarily need to wait until then to do it. Or, perhaps you can spend your younger years learning languages that will help when you travel. Building towards the life you want to have when you're done with work (if you even want to be done with it!) doesn't have to consist solely of putting money away in an account and waiting.
Why Retirement Is a Flawed Concept [Harvard Business Review]