What’s your most frequent daydream?
Are you ready for full retirement?
Do you enjoy having a set schedule?
What’s your ideal long weekend?
Do you want to “pay forward” your good fortune?
Do you worry about having enough money saved for retirement?
You have 10 minutes to kill right now. What will you do?
If you had $1,000 to give to a good cause, who’d get it?
Would you work if you were wealthy?
Do you want to maintain professional contacts?
About your answers
Mostly A: Keep working.
You seem to enjoy your 9-to-5 routine … and having some income might help set your mind at ease too! So think about taking on a part-time or seasonal job, becoming a consultant, starting your own business, or picking up a gig now and again. Just remember that having earned income can affect your taxes and Social Security payments.
Mostly B: Travel.
Mostly C: Volunteer.
You like being useful and you feel strongly about using your skills to better the world. Continue your existing volunteer work or try something new: working with kids, animals, the less-privileged, students, educators, or local nonprofits! To find opportunities, check out createthegood.org.
Mostly D: Teach.
You’ve got a lifetime of knowledge you don’t want to lose. And there are lots of options to share it with others, some of which will even pay you! Consider getting certified as a substitute teacher or becoming an adjunct professor at a community college. For a more flexible schedule, become a tutor, coach, or mentor.
Mostly E: Learn something new.
All over the place: Combine your interests.
Doing whatever you feel like is the joy of retirement. But why not combine your top two choices? Say, travel and volunteer with the Peace Corps or National Park Service.