Keep busy to stay sane in retirement

One of my biggest fears of retiring is the challenge of finding ways to keep busy and engaged in meaninfgul activities each day. As I shared previously in my 4 fears about retirement blog, I am just not sure I am creative enough to consistently find quality activities that add to a meaningful retirement lifestyle.

I recently took a retirement test drive for a year and a half and at the end was more than ready to get back to work. I was finding myself a bit slower than normal and already getting bored with my routine. And I was not just sitting back – I traveled, knocked out my to-do list that had been accumulating for a lifetime, read like there was no tomorrow, started blogging – there was no moss growing on this rock!

As a matter of a fact, part of my Retirement-only the beginning blog included some research with specific ideas to keep busy in retirement, a good homework project for sure.

But it was not enough.

Fortunately I have some years to plan for my permanent retirement so I am building my list of ideas to keep busy. Take a look at the beginnings of my list on 20 ways to stay busy in retirement.

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Dave Bernard is a California born and raised author and blogger with an extensive 30 year career in Silicon Valley. He has written more than 300 blogs for US News & World On Retirement and his personal blog Retirement – Only the Beginning. He has authored three books: "Are you just existing and calling it a life?"; "I want to retire! Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be"; and " Navigating the Retirement Jungle". Dave was also a contributing writer for the books 65 Things to do when you Retire (“Positive Aging – Old is the New Young”) as well as 65 Things to do when you Retire – TRAVEL (“Travel to Discover your Family Heritage”). He lives in sunny California with his wife, his Boston Terrier "Frank" and a passion for the San Jose Sharks.

8 thoughts on “Keep busy to stay sane in retirement

  1. Regarding becoming bored during retirement, I’ve found that I need a change of pace from time to time. This past summer, we were busy entertaining our many visitors and I also did some part-time consulting with an old time client in California. Plus a few trips in the travel trailer and a few days out fly fishing. Now I’m ready to “take a break.” I’ve got a stack of books I’m looking forward to reading. Bill

  2. This is my biggest worry about retirement! I get antsy now if I am off work more than a few days so I can’t imagine not having job to go to. I am fortunate in that I have a job that I love (Registered Nurse). Hubby has been retired for 3 years and loves it but he does a lot of volunteer work. Thought povoking post – thanks!

    • Appreciate the comment Barb. I think we each need to find what excites us and keeps us engaged, whatever that may be. And I don’t think there is anything wrong with work that we enjoy being a part of our retirement. Its all about doing what we want to be doing!

  3. You have it right Bill – a little variety is the spice of retirement. Something new, different, as they say out-of-the-box to stir things up. Avoid boredom at all costs! Enjoy.

  4. I have no answers for you. I have more things that I want to do than I will ever find time for, as well as adding part time school to the mix. I would only say two things: First, enjoy the difference between work life and retirement-do things backwards if it works fo ryou. Second, dont be afraid to try everything. Not everythign has to become a hobby. For myself, My list is endless, and I prefer to do things in extreme-a day full of reading, a day full of sewing, and so on.

    • Thanks Barb – I like the idea that not everything has to become a hobby and I will have to try your extreme day idea. Its all about trying different things to prevent getting stagnant. 🙂

  5. My husband is retiring in about a year and although he is really looking forward to it, I think he will get bored once we’ve traveled and he’s done his to-do list and all the things you mentioned. I’ve been working at home for years and don’t intent to stop long enough to “retire” so my life will continue about the same, except possibly my husband is going to look to me to come up with things for him to do:)

    I think retirement is like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it and you have to keep some structure so you don’t end up sitting in the recliner watching TV for hours on end.

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