Balance is an important concept in many aspects of our lives. Let’s look at a few where we hear the word and where practicing the “balance principle” is likely good for us.
Ok – so what does balance have to do with retirement? In the book “The New Retirement”, Dr. Richard Johnson, PhD promotes 6 key life areas that we should focus on achieving a balance among to help ensure for a more happier and successful retirement. These areas are: Career, Family, Relationships, Self, Spiritual and Leisure.
In the “New Retirementality” book by Mitch Anthony, he points to the importance of a balanced life in retirement as to where and how we spend out time.
So – we have been exposed to the importance of balance in many parts of our lives up to this point – seems like it is also a key component of a successful retirement.
My personal transition to my second act forced me to deal with this and I quickly realized I needed an anchor point if I ever became “unbalanced”. For me this anchor was – “structure”. I found that having the proper structure in my day and week helped my balance the things most important to me. This worked for me like a good diet or exercise program. I planned for how I would approach my day and week and ensured I had a balance of activities and social interactions that work for me. I didn’t learn this on my own- I spoke to a few friends as to how they balanced and they quickly pointed to their structured “day” or “week”. This was something I could relate to, but took some goal setting, planning, discipline and focus to ensure success. I had to do some soul searching of what was most important to me – and once I figured that out – the rest of it came into place.
If things went “off the rails” I can come back to the structure of my day or week and re-examine that in relation to my goals. Not being naïve here- things have a way of impacting what you do every day. I think of this as the 80/20 rule – if you have a good structure aligned to your goals in retirement you will have a good shot at a more “balanced retirement”.
What are your experiences with the importance of “balance” in retirement? Or – have you thought about how you will plan for the proper “balance” as you transition to retirement? Worth thinking about….
Johnson, R.J. (2001), The New Retirement – Discovering Your Dream. Career Partners International.
Anthony, M. (2014). The New Retirementality, 4th edition. New Jersey, John Wiley & Sons.