Structure and Certainty

Many are the differences between life at work and life in the world of postwork. Two words that come up in my discussions with clients are:

-Certainty

-Structure

Why so? To put it simply, work offers both, as it is present and demanding on any Monday morning. We know this.

On the other hand, when you stop work any structure will be self-imposed: such as routines with grandchildren, charity work, pursuit of a hobby etc.

But if you are not interested in a heavy structure – perhaps you always longed to escape from that once you finished working – then you will be dealing with a lack of certainty.

That is not a bad thing; lack of certainty can be quite liberating and lead to unforeseen opportunities.

In an earlier post I teased out the difference between wingers and planners. Same thing.

There is no right or wrong. However it is useful to acknowledge these matters. To do so can save a lot of wasted time spent in anguish over a matter that can be solved, with or without the help of a retirement coach.

Retirement: You won’t know what it is like until you get there.