Are you looking forward to a smooth retirement? How about achieving financial freedom in your retirement? I guess your answer is a good as mine. Having a smooth retirement and living a happy and fulfilling life thereafter is what everyone wishes. Retirement is inevitable in our lives, It is as sure as death. Sadly many people do not think about it until few years to retirement.
As long as you are alive, at some point whether employed or have a business of your own, you will have to retire from active activities. An ideal retirement is the one that will give you peace of mind after your active years. But, how do you prepare for this? Let’s find out.
Here are 4- big Do’s to help you land smoothly
Define your ideal retirement
Everyone has a wish of how they want their retirement to be. Define your ideal retirement early in life before that time comes. This will help you to make informed decisions since you have enough time to widely consult when still active.
How do you want to spend your retirement time? Some people have been so busy with work that they don’t find quality time with family. Maybe your wish is to have enough time to spend with your family. Define your ideal retirement early and start working on it.
Determine your source of funds
You will need money even in your retirement. This is the main thing to plan when you are still working. Saving for your retirement will determine the quality of life you will live after you retire. Saving will give you financial freedom when you have no energy to work. Join social security funds from your state and start saving. US Department of treasurer introduced myRA savings to promote saving for retirement.
One thing that can easily see you go down early in life is debts. As much as it is hard to live without borrowing, managing your debts is essential before you retire. Ensuring that when you retire you will have cleared your debts to give you financial freedom as you retire. Clear your mortgages years to your retirement. Ensure that as you pay your debt, you are not interfering with your saving plan.
Decide your activities after retirement
You may decide that after your retirement you will go back home and spend time with your family. But do you just sleep, wake up and sit down the whole day? Well, this is not healthy at all. You should find activities to do as you retire to help you age gracefully, be active. Make yourself useful to the society. You may volunteer in your church, community or even decide to do farming.
A happy and fulfilling retirement is a matter of choice and choices have consequences so they say. These four D’s will guide you to prepare for your retirement and see you age gracefully and happy. It is easy to memorize them or put them in your notebook for easy of reference. They will help you make wise decisions even as you prepare for a happy retirement.