Retirement is a time to enjoy life at a slower pace, but that doesn't mean you have to quit being productive. In fact, engaging in activities that produce results and benefit others can be the key to a happy, fulfilling retirement. So how do you go about finding a productive way to pass the time during the golden years? Start by taking a good look at yourself.
Consider Your Skills and Capabilities
Likely, you have developed a number of useful skills over the years. Think about your past job duties, volunteer work, and life roles. Do they include organizing, writing, speaking, analyzing, or managing people? By reflecting on the skills you've acquired during your lifetime, you can determine what it is you're good at and enjoy doing. Just make sure you consider your current lifestyle and capabilities.
With a little self-reflection, you can determine what type of pastimes fit your personality, energy level, and pocketbook, and serve as a productive expenditure of time.
Think about Meaningful Life Goals
Do you have a bucket list of things you haven't yet accomplished? Do any of those items involve meaningful life goals that benefit others or go beyond personal gratification? Participating in a pastime that fulfills an altruistic purpose is not only a productive way to pass time, you'll be doing something that profits more than just you.
Here Are Some Ideas
If you like to craft or consider yourself an artist at heart, you're in luck. Many pastimes in the form of crafting and the arts can be highly rewarding and productive. Writing a book--a how-to on a subject you're an expert at, a memoir to pass on to your descendants, or a book of poetry to help mend broken hearts--is a great way to share your knowledge and gift with the world. Other forms of art, like beading, painting, or pottery, also make productive pastimes that can benefit others and aren’t as straining on your body.
Maybe you're a natural leader in life and have always wanted to start a club, lead a group, or organize an event. All kinds of businesses and organizations look for leaders to handle special volunteer projects. Check with community centers, public libraries, nonprofit groups, or volunteer websites for leadership opportunities.
Physically and mentally challenging pastimes offer many benefits for retirees too. Learning a difficult game like bridge, for example, can improve memory, enhance a social life, and help foster a classic card game for future generations. Taking classes in topics that further your intellect and promote discussion and positive change is another great way to pass the time. Activities that involve physical exercise, especially with others, such as participating in a dog sport or attending a regular group biking or yoga session builds strength, character, and community.
Of course, some of the most productive pastimes for retirees are those that not only produce results but bring peace, comfort, and joy. Researching and compiling genealogy for family members, growing and maintaining an exotic vegetable garden, woodworking and building unique projects, preserving food through the process of canning, or creating a book of photography, all serve such a purpose.
No matter how you choose to pass the time, retirement is the perfect phase of life to get started on an activity that's productive, meaningful and fun. After all, it's never too late to enjoy yourself--and make a difference at the same time.
Article From Inter Valley Health Plan