News & Blog

Top tips for retiring successfully

6th June 2017

Your retirement should be something you look forward to: a time when you can reward yourself for the years of hard work you’ve put into your career, your family and anything else you’ve spent time and effort on throughout your life. But retiring successfully can be trickier than it might first seem.

So, whether you’re looking to leave the world of work behind in the near future or have already done so, read on to find out our top tips for a fulfilling retirement

Find the right balance

When you’ve spent a significant portion of your life staying busy with work, family and other commitments, the huge amount of free time that retirement offers can feel overwhelming. Many will be tempted to take advantage of this by doing as little as possible, whilst others will go in the other direction, taking on as much as possible in order to fill their days. Neither of these will work beyond the short term. It’s therefore important to get a balance between keeping busy and taking it easy that suits you.

Be selfish

This might sound like an odd piece of advice, but if you don’t ringfence your retirement to some degree in order to actually do what you want to do, all that free time will end up being taken advantage of by others. You’ll no doubt want to help out family and friends now that you’re more able to do so, but learning to say “no” when you want to can be incredibly valuable.

Plan ahead

It’s unlikely that you’ll have lived from one day to the next during your working life without some sort of schedule or routine in place, so throwing out this strategy when you retire isn’t a good idea. Plan for both the long-term and the short-term: having a holiday to look forward to later in the year is just as important as planning what time you want to get up each morning.

Stay social

It’s perhaps expected that you’ll lose touch with some of your former colleagues once you’ve finished work, but without actively maintaining your social network – not just the one online, but the physical one where you interact with people face to face – it can be all too easy to slip into feeling isolated and allowing friendships to fade away. Taking up hobbies, carrying out work part time or as a volunteer, or simply arranging to meet people for a specific and enjoyable reason are good ways to counteract this.

Call us and one of our team will be happy to help or arrange a call back
Meet Our Team

Speak to a practical and experienced financial advisor

Get in touch with a member of our team

Meet Our Team
Get in Touch

Find out more about our range of service.

For further details please contact us.

Get in Touch
Visit Us

We have locations in both London and the North East

Newcastle | Richmond | Northallerton | London | Swanley | Hertfordshire | Camberley

Visit Us

Regulatory Statement

Gale and Phillipson Investment Services Ltd, Gale and Phillipson Advisory Services Ltd, Gale and Phillipson General Financial Services Ltd and Gale and Phillipson (SE London) Ltd are all authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Reference Numbers 431387, 142752, 195080, 195522).  Gale and Phillipson (Herts) Ltd is an appointed representative of Gale and Phillipson Advisory Services Ltd.  Gale and Phillipson (Surrey) Ltd is an appointed representative of Gale and Phillipson Investment Services Ltd. (Reference Numbers 615821, 703337).All companies trade under the name Gale and Phillipson and are registered in England and Wales numbers 05409822, 02232959, 03751076, 04077157, 08864945 and 04823391.  Registered office for all companies is Gallowfields House, Fairfield Way, Richmond, DL10 4TB. Gyr Financial Consulting Limited is an appointed representative of Gale and Phillipson Advisory Services Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. (Reference numbers 811525 and 142752 respectively) Gale & Phillipson Advisory Services Ltd trades as Gale and Phillipson. Registered in England and Wales number 11334836. Registered Office: Level 1 Brockbourne House, 77 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8BS.

Google Analytics Alternative