Your long-awaited retirement years are coming up, but before you can start enjoying your retirement lifestyle there are a few things you need to prepare for. With a little planning you can ease into retirement with as little stress as possible. Keep reading to learn 4 simple ways you can begin planning for retirement now.
1. Prioritize Your Post-Retirement Goals
The first step to retirement planning is figuring out what it is you want to do during retirement. You may have certain goals you want to accomplish in your retirement, such as traveling, downsizing, relocating to a new state, or picking up a new hobby, but reaching your retirement goals can feel daunting.
Before tackling a mile-long list, you need to prioritize your goals. Prioritizing your goals can mean looking at what matters most to you as well as your timeline, finances, and other factors.
Once you’ve prioritized your goals it will be easier to then determine how you are going to accomplish them. Consider your post-retirement priorities with a friend or family member so they can encourage you and help keep you accountable as you work towards them!
2. Focus On Your Finances
Reaching retirement is a huge milestone, but it can also be stressful, especially when looking at your finances.
Getting organized, however, is one of the first steps to making your retirement finances a little easier. Assessing your financial situation can include estimating your expenses and debts, 401k, and social security.
If you’re not already in the habit of budgeting and monitoring your finances, it’s never too late to start. Most seniors live on a fixed income during retirement, which makes planning for your income and expenses each month important.
Additionally, if you’re planning on relocating or traveling frequently in retirement, there are important financial aspects to plan for as well.
Consider meeting with a financial planner who can help you review your finances and plan for retirement.
3. Don’t Forget About Your Health
Making healthy choices, like eating better and staying physically activity, can lead to a long and healthy retirement, but there are a few other factors to consider as well.
Even if you’re relatively health right now, it’s important to consider your future needs. Take a look at what you think your future healthcare costs might be and what Medicare coverage options are available to you helps you prepare for the years to come.
If it’s been a while since you’ve visited your primary care provider, now is a good time to make an appointment for a routine checkup. Evaluating your current health can equip you to find a Medicare plan that is right for your needs.
4. Start Planning Now For Retirement
It’s never too early to start planning for retirement, and if retirement is in your near future then now is the time to get a jump on the tips above.
Our team is here to help you with your Medicare planning. Most seniors don’t know exactly when they are eligible to enroll in Medicare after retirement. Talk to a Medicare specialist today to make sure you take advantage of your Special Enrollment Period.
If you’re retiring soon, it’s important to make sure you have a plan for transitioning from Employer Health Insurance to Medicare. Talk to a Medicare Advisor who can help ease the transition and give you confidence in your coverage.