Why do you need a daily routine in retirement? What does a daily routine in retirement even look like? It’s probably a lot different from the one you had in your career. Starting with the alarm clock.

Retirement marks a significant milestone in a person’s life, signaling the end of a career and the beginning of a new chapter. While many people look forward to the idea of not having to work, the reality is that the transition can be challenging. I know it was for me.

But, what I found is that establishing a new daily routine after retirement is crucial to engage the mind, maintain a sense of purpose and fulfillment, and prevent boredom and depression.

The first step in creating a new routine after retirement is acknowledging the significant change that has occurred. If you’re anything like me, for many years, I followed a structured work environment with a set schedule and deadlines. 

But, that changes on the first day of retirement when you’re suddenly in control of your own time. This newfound freedom can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. Without the built-in structure that work provides, there’s more time for focusing on the regrets of the past and the “what-ifs” of the future. 

Establishing a new morning routine is a great way to kickstart your day and give yourself meaning and purpose. Many retirees find that getting up at the same time each day helps them stay active and engaged. Whether it’s going for a morning walk, practicing yoga, or reading the news, having a routine in the morning can help retirees feel more productive and motivated. It can also set the tone for the rest of the day, giving you a sense of accomplishment and purpose.

I call my morning routine Stage Your Day to Slay Your Day. (If you’d like a copy of my free template so you can create your own way to slay your day, you can get it here.)

But, In addition to a morning routine, retirees should also consider identifying a purpose for three key parts of each day. The first is something to get them up in the morning, such as a volunteer role. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, meet new people, and stay engaged. 

Or, like me, you could have a furry family member who expects a walk–rain or shine. If your furry family member is anything like my Bouvier des Flandres, Alli, you won’t be wasting your day away in bed. By replacing your reason for getting out of bed in the morning from having to go to work to a new purpose, you’ll start your day with a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.

The second part of the day is something to look forward to in the afternoon. Retirement is the perfect time to explore new hobbies, interests, or starting that business that you may not have had time for before. Whether it’s painting, gardening, learning a new language, playing the piano, or learning new skills, having something to look forward to in the afternoon can help retirees stay engaged and motivated. 

Finally, consider having something to close out the evening, such as a favorite meal or a good book. Having a routine in the evening helps you wind down and relax after a busy day. Whether it’s cooking a favorite meal, reading a book, or watching a movie, having a set activity in the evening can help retirees transition from a busy day to a peaceful evening.

Another benefit of having a routine is that it can help you live in the moment. Without the demands of work, retirees may find themselves constantly worrying about the future or dwelling on the past. Yep. That was me to a T. 

Once I put some structure to my days and made that routine a habit, I was able to focus more on the present and make the most of the time I had each day. By identifying a purpose for each part of the day, it’s easier to stay focused on the task at hand and enjoy the moment.

Starting a new chapter after retirement can be a scary and uncertain time in your life. But, it doesn’t have to be. Establishing a new daily routine in retirement is a small, but important step towards not only embracing the change but maintaining a healthy and fulfilling life by design and on purpose.  

In my Next Chapter Plan™ Academy, we’ll dive deeper into designing your next, best chapter after retirement. Doors open soon. Get on the waitlist so you’re the first to know about it.