Growing, Moving Forward, and Having Purpose in Retirement

Key Takeaways

  • Retirement is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but it’s important to feel a sense of purpose as well.
  • Every day can feel like the weekend when you’re retired, making days blur together.
  • Here are five strategies to help give your week structure.

When you retire, the work week disappears, making every day feel like a Saturday or Sunday. While this may be enjoyable at first, after a while the days might just feel like they’re blurring together. And for many people, this can be frustrating, as it’s important to feel a sense of growth, of moving forward, and of having a purpose in life. If that’s the case for you, there are five strategies you can employ to add some differentiation to your days.

First, say no. Just say no. People try to grab your time, so remember that your time is your own and you don’t have to say yes to every request for it.

Second, limit your time on social media. It’s easy to get sucked in and spend hours staring at a screen, really frittering time away.

Third, remember that life is always about progress, not perfection. Just because you have more time now doesn’t mean you need to strive to do things perfectly. Just look for progress in the things you do, not perfection.

Fourth, set some deadlines like you did before you retired. This will help keep you motivated and give you a sense of accomplishment when you complete things. Without deadlines, everything is open-ended and can linger.

Finally, relax and have fun. That was the whole point of retirement, after all! Some people find themselves really stressed during retirement and they forget this important aspect of it.

Maybe retirement isn’t all Saturdays and Sundays; maybe it’s being present every day, making the most of all seven days of the week. Hopefully these five things will help make your retirement more purposeful and happier all around. Until next time, enjoy.


If you’d like to read more on this topic, here are a few of our past Coyle Blog posts that you might enjoy:

Reinvent, Re-Inspire, Don’t retire

5 Top Retirement Regrets

The 3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Retirement



Gary Klaben serves as a Financial Advisor, and visionary for Coyle Financial Counsel. He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business BattlefieldWhether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.

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