Updated: Apr 26, 2020
A few weeks ago the Governor of Virginia issued a "Stay at Home" order banning all non-essential travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I realize it's the right thing to do, but it hasn't been easy.
If you're like many and now have little co-workers sharing your virtual office, you've already got more than enough to do on your hands. Just remember to breathe and find some time to take care of yourself too.
However, if you're "Home Alone" - literally - the isolation can get pretty old pretty fast.
So here's a suggestion. Instead of knowing that you're home temporarily because of an unforeseen crisis, imagine instead that you've just retired and heading into the office every day is no longer part of your daily routine.
If you're working remotely during this time, this exercise isn't quite as much fun, but just as important. So imagine instead that you've found a way to supplement your retirement income - you're a consultant or independent contractor, you're writing a book, you've got an online business. The specifics aren't as important as the discipline required to make the best use of your days. Stay with me on this.
So now that you've got a vision of how your daily life has changed, let's get to the fun part.
What time would you get up?
What would be your morning ritual?
What time would you start working, volunteering, or doing whatever else it is that would replace the time you previously spent at work?
How would you spend your days?
What things would you do that you've never had the time to do before?
What benefits of this new lifestyle would you appreciate the most?
What challenges do you think you'd face?
What hobbies, activities, or other things that interest you would you pursue with your newfound time?
Examine the ways your life would be different. How does that feel?
If you've made it this far you're doing great. This exercise is an example of the first step in the Retirement Divas approach - envisioning a new future for your life after work. You can chose to think of retirement life as an ending, and it is in many ways, but it's also the beginning of a new phase of life that can be as amazing and fulfilling as you want it to be.
The secret sauce is envisioning the life you want to live, taking an honest assessment of where you are now, and developing a plan to get you from here to there, while making the experiences as enjoyable as possible. The Retirement Divas approach is designed to do just that.
The good news is that it's never too soon (or too late) to start planning for that life, because the minute you can envision it is the minute you can start making it happen.
Let's do this!