I am Refining my Transition Plan. There is a method to the madness. My whole transition process was based on the process of Innovation Thinking (based on my career as a product designer). For those of you new to my blog, this process is:
REFLECT: A deep self-discovery introspection that becomes the foundational insights for creating a “life vision” statement. I recently blogged about my favorite tools for clarifying and articulating who you are, who you want to be, your core value, your interests. This time in reflection helps you to decide what stays, what goes, and what’s added to life so you love your new retirement life.
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart”.
IMAGINE: Creating a Possibilities for Life list. More than just a project list or a bucket list of all those places I want to visit (although those things are on it as well), this was about creating a 150+ item list of all future life possibilities, from passions to dreams to inklings – in work, leisure, volunteering, relationships, lifestyle. It’s about skills/talents I want to use and ones I want to learn. Yes, writing a blog was on my list! And yes, things continue to be added to the list.
ASSESS: It’s actually been proven that too many options can cause stress in the selection and promotes lack of choice. Analysis paralysis! This phase of the process was about choosing activities that best matched the vision of life I created (the output of Reflect), which was based on my values, strengths and interests. I compared a handful of picks from my Possibilities List back to life vision to make choices in creating an initial Retirement Lifestyle Plan. I chose a starting set of activities focusing on Relationships, Leisure, and Wellbeing.
By making choices, I focused energy on the important few instead of the insignificant many. It also helped me avoid busyness for the sake of busyness and have an inner conviction to say “no” to things that were not right for me (even though others thought I should do them).
ACTIVATE: By design or by default, the next life stage will happen. Design the Life you want by exploring new activities on your Retirement Lifestyle Plan, setting goals, and, if necessary, changing habits.
For me, it became a balance of scheduled events and keeping time open for spontaneity and relaxation. The planner I am loves weekly plans filled with activities than inspire, energize and satisfy me. But I also need some do-nothing time! I also found that it’s about considering both me-time and we-time with my husband.
This phase was also about understanding my personal barriers to change and how to break thru them. One of mine was “activation energy” on new activities! So I have signed up for classes (paid the fees), scheduled activities with others (they are not happy if I’m a no-show), and made public commitments (and now friends check back with me on them).
Even though I am a planner, there might be a bit of over-kill with my word of the year (SOAR) plus a year vision board, a 52 New Things in 2018 goal, and seasonal bucket lists (action plans). LOL. But it works for me.
REFINE: My Retirement Lifestyle Plan is not set in stone – I can continually refresh, rejuvenate, and revise it. Every couple of months I am reviewing my goals and measures and revising my activity engagement; this has linked timing-wise to the seasonal bucket lists that many bloggers do. I regularly look at my Possibilities List for new things to add onto the calendar as others drop off.
“Let go of the past and go for the future.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you imagined.”
At this point in my retirement transition with some big milestones reached this past year, I am feeling a need for some refinement of my bigger life vision. So I’ve planned some future scenario writing and vision boarding to see if my current life vision statement still feels “right” and what choices from my possibilities list I can bring in for the next couple of years.
While this might feel too structured for some, I am a structure-girl and spent my career (successfully) designing future innovations. Now, the innovation I am designing is my retirement lifestyle and the Me I want to be.
Are you designing your retirement lifestyle or letting it happen?
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