Sourced with thanks from sixtyandme.com
You may be recently retired or just getting into retirement. Either way one thing you must be getting your head around is what to do in retirement that is meaningful, uses up the additional time available, can keep you engaged, be useful for self or others if possible. While there are many more possibilities available if you search, the author in the article below has made your job easier by listing out the popular options according to her. We are sure you will find one or more that you can pursue to your benefit. Team RetyrSmart
Use time that your retirement offers in the most useful and fun ways possible
Listed below are a few of the most popular choices for your consideration if you are about to retire or new to retirement
Travel in Retirement
Go on day trips, cruises, foreign travel or visit each of the contiguous states.
Master a foreign language, grasp computer skills, learn new hobbies or additional ideas for current hobbies.
Learn New Hobbies in Retirement
Too numerous to mention all, but some choices are: drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, playing the piano or other musical instrument, singing, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, quilting, scrapbooking, photography, gardening, cooking, woodworking, genealogy, crafting.
Clean / Declutter
Instead of spring cleaning, do a ‘retirement’ cleaning and organize, simplify and declutter your house.
Volunteer for as Long as Possible
There are diverse groups of organizations that need volunteers to help with their cause and program activities. You could select a cause that is important to you or go to one of many sites on the internet that will match your skills to organizations needing volunteers.
Write! Even if You’re the Only One Who Reads Your Work
Finally, there is time to write that book you always wanted to do, or to set up and manage a blog, write articles to be published in magazines or elsewhere, poems or your memoirs.
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Join meet-up groups that are geared to certain interests or populations. Clubs centred around books, chess, astronomy, or gem and mineral exploration are great opportunities, and so are dating sites.
Remember Your Family in Retirement
Spend more time with family, grandchildren or great-grandchildren. For the older grandchildren, you could attend school and sporting activities, take them to special events, zoos, museums, sports games.
You can offer to babysit the younger grandchildren. Help with their education by reading to them, drilling them on upcoming quizzes, help with special projects and tutor where needed.
Find a Sport
Participate in whatever sport that interests you, such as fishing, hiking, running, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, surfing or scuba diving. If you are looking for something more gentle, try these online yoga classes.
Mentor or Teach
Help schools by tutoring children in reading or math. Teach English to foreign speaking individuals. Help an adult learn to read or if you have special skills developed during your career, mentor young people starting out in the same field.
Reengage with Spiritual Activities
Meditate, learn yoga, and get involved in your temple/church activities.
Help ward off the diseases that come with old age and sitting by walking, exercising or going to a gym.
Take an Interest in Reading in Retirement
For some occasional quiet time, sit down with a good book. You can read for enjoyment or learn something new.
Find a Part-time Job
Even if you don’t need the money, sometimes having a little extra spending cash in your pocket lets you buy something you normally wouldn’t. Check some of the internet job sites for companies looking for someone to work a few hours a week.
Look for Special Events
Go to plays or concerts, watch movies, attend the theatre or special events hosted by your or nearby cities.
Play Games in Retirement
Challenge yourself by playing games against others on the internet. Find sites with numerous games to choose from to play for enjoyment or to keep the mind fresh.
Create a Bucket List
Write down a list of things you’ve always wanted to do, but never could because of time, money, courage or whatever. Set a goal to do, and cross off one thing on the list once a month.
Start a Business
Think about what you might be able to offer to the public – a service or a product and research whether it’s something that would sell. Starting a business on the internet is easier than ever and has very little start-up cost associated with it.