4 Things to Plan a Good Retirement
“Just because you’re old doesn’t mean you can’t get up and do something different.”
After decades of walking up to the alarm, sifting through heaps of paperwork and navigating rush hour traffic, you can see the bright lights of retirement at the end of the tunnel. However, just spotting the light is not enough, you need to work towards those golden moments.
The time to hang up your boots is just around the corner but that doesn’t mean you need to slow down or let go of the things you like. If you can iron out the knots in time for your retirement, then your golden years can be truly golden.
Here are 4 things you can do for a good retirement:
1. Visualise your last day at the office
A retirement is an emotional event. The transition from working to retired is a sentimental feeling and it is essential to visualise what you would like to do after you retire. Whether you want to travel with your family or sit in the park and gossip with your buddies, it all depends on what you do today. Starting early will give you more time to do what you really want.
2. Increase investment as your income grows
It is human nature to procrastinate and we all do our best to push things to that elusive tomorrow. Not many people keep updating their investments according to their retirement goals. Though inflation plays a role, increasing your investment as your income grows, will help to generate a larger corpus over the long-run. It’s time to turn your game up and match your investment with your income; think about all the trips you can take with the extra income!
3. Healthy and Wealthy!
For most to-be-retirees, medical expenses are one of the greatest concerns. Check your health care options before you retire. You don’t want to be stuck wondering whether you have enough money to foot the bill or not. Having a good insurance cover for critical illnesses as well is beneficial for you in the long-term. Additionally, giving your body a good dose of exercise and diet will add more happy years to your retired life.
4. Budget it
Keep a check on your expenses. One of the biggest problems for to-be-retirees is not to outlive their savings. Tomorrow’s retirees need to account for the increased cost of living and longevity. You want to do more than just sit around and sip on endless cups of coffees. Also, getting your money to the bank before you spend it all, will give you the opportunity to indulge in compounding and earn more on your savings.
Getting a head-start will let you slip into reality and bring your dream retired life to centre stage. Give your expenses a break and increase your savings and benefit in the long term. This may seem like a stretch but imagine the times you will be sipping your favourite drink at your favourite spot.