You often hear that people spend more time planning a trip than they do planning for retirement. Why not bring the vacation mindset to your financial life? Here are 4 ways to make your retirement planning more successful and more fun.
- Use the power of time – By booking a beach house or plane tickets early in the season, you save money and have many more choices on timing and locations. The same concept applies to retirement planning. Those who take the voyage seriously by starting to save early typically have more flexibility, more money, freedom, and fun in retirement.
- Decide how you will spend your days – Will your beach stay be about relaxation, exploration, adventure, or a mixture of all three? Similarly in retirement, how will you spend your days? Will you unwind, pursue your passion, care for family or even work part-time? Understanding the type of retirement you desire increases your chances of achieving your dream.
- Take stock of what you have before you go – Do you have everything you need for your trip? Do you have the right clothes, bathing suits, suntan lotion, beach chairs, etc.? Likewise for retirement, is your portfolio fully diversified? Do you have a sufficient amount of large, mid, and small cap stocks. Do you have adequate exposure to international stocks and bonds? Does your asset allocation match your tolerance for risk? Are you saving enough?
- Remember it’s about the journey not the destination – Many times people will say that it is more fun planning the vacation than going on the trip. This true for retirement as well. It’s not about getting to the end of our working lives. It’s about enjoying the journey of life that gets us to retirement. A life filled with memories, twists, turns, and laughter along the way.
So plan for your ideal retirement, prepare for the ups and downs of life, and focus on enjoying the journey!