5 REASONS PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE IS ESSENTIAL FOR A HAPPIER LIFE

5 reasons planning for your future is essential for a happier life

When you think of the future, what do you see? Perhaps you have a clear vision in your head of what’s coming your way, or maybe you’re leaving it all up to chance. If you’re in the latter category, it could be time to rethink your strategy. While having a rigid plan for the future may not be the best idea, having a rough idea of where you’d like to be, who with, and what you’d like to be doing is essential. Otherwise, you may quickly enter your senior years, realising they snuck up on you and that you weren’t prepared enough. Your ideal future won’t just land in your lap, and neither will a just ‘ok’ future. There are many older people out there right now who are struggling and not enjoying their circumstances. If you’d like to make sure you are heading towards the future you want to live, read to discover five reasons why planning your future is essential for a happier life.

VISUALISE YOUR FUTURE

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Sit and immerse yourself in your idea of the future. What does it look like? You could even write it down or develop a vision board that matches the picture in your head. Find what feels right to you, and don’t be pressured to go for somebody else’s idea of the ideal future. 

HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR FAMILY

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Once you have an idea of what you want your future to look like, have a conversation with your family. If you have a partner, chat with them and make sure your vision aligns. Maybe you would need to compromise a little, but try to reach a satisfactory conclusion for both of you. Discussing with your kids what you expect to happen can ensure fewer misunderstandings and even arguments later on down the line. For example, you should give them a good idea of whether you would like to go into a home should you need help or hire live-in care so you can stay in your home. They may not be the easiest conversations to have, but they are so important. 

BREAK DOWN YOUR PLAN STEP-BY-STEP

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Now you know where you want to end up, figure out your plan. It’s important to break this down step by step so that each step seems more manageable. The more manageable a step seems, the more likely you are to take it. Baby steps are excellent as long as you are moving forwards. 

STAY ACCOUNTABLE

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Make sure you check in with your family so you can stay accountable and focused on your goals. This goal might fall to the wayside if it seems far away and nobody checks in on you. 

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BE REALISTIC

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Depending on how long you have until retirement or your future goal, you may need to make adjustments. Nobody is saying you shouldn’t dream big, but coming up with a little leeway plan will help you feel better about the situation and help you stay the course. 

How are you planning for your future?

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