17 Things You Don’t Have to Do in Retirement

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Say goodbye to obligations and hello to freedom. Retirement allows you to shift your mindset and enjoy a more accessible lifestyle—endless weekends, trips around the globe, or simply enjoying the fruit of your labors. Here is a quick look at 17 things retirees no longer have to worry about.

1. Using an Alarm Clock

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Retirees can say goodbye to that early morning alarm that jars you awake. They can choose to sleep in or rise and shine. However, the early bird doesn’t have to get up and get the worm. 

2. Networking for Career Advancement

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While networking can still be valuable for personal enrichment, the strategic networking for career advancement is unnecessary. Building meaningful relationships takes center stage in retirement.

3. Buying Work Attire

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The daily decision of what to wear to meet office dress codes or grooming standards becomes a matter of personal preference rather than professional necessity. Forget buying uniforms, special attire, dress clothes, or scrubs for work. Retirees can let go of their work attire, buy what they want, or use that budget in other areas.

4. Commuting to Work

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No more traffic jams, crowded public transportation, or rush-hour headaches. Retirees can say goodbye to the back-and-forth travel lifestyle from one meeting to the next. It can be a money-saving perk too. 

5. Dealing with Office Politics

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No more workplace drama and politics are in your future. All that chaos is gone when you leave the job and begin your retirement. You now have a distraction-free lifestyle from the old issues you dealt with at work with your co-workers.

Pick and choose the people you surround yourself with, and create peace, encouragement, and love with those you surround yourself with. 

6. Working During Peak Productivity Hours

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Retirees don’t have to plan their activities around peak business hours. They can easily make appointments to the doctor’s office or beauty salon and visit places like banks, post offices, and supermarkets during quieter times.

7. Updating Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles

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The need to keep resumes and LinkedIn profiles polished and ready for the next job opportunity becomes unnecessary. Instead, Retirees can use that time somewhere they want.

8. Meeting Deadlines

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No more last-minute projects you rush to meet those deadlines or quotas. Here, you can say adios and walk away from the structured schedule if you choose and have a more relaxed daily schedule.

9. Completing Professional Development Requirements

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The pressure to keep up with continuous professional education, certifications, or learning new industry-related skills ceases. Now, retirees can look forward to learning new hobbies and skills that they want to.

10. Living by the Clock

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When you have a job, you essentially live by the clock. I must arrive at work at a particular time each day and complete tasks by a specific time throughout the day.

When you are finally retired, you can enjoy life at your own pace. You can go on adventures or stay in and read a book one day. Ultimately, you get to decide how you use up the hours on that day.

11. Requesting Time Off

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Retirement has the perk of no longer asking your boss if you can have next Wednesday off for a family event. You can now enjoy that freedom of choosing your schedule and writing in your calendar, knowing you are the only one who can give the ok for it.

12. Rushing Lunch Breaks

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Nothing is worse than rushing to finish your lunch before that 30 minutes or an hour is up, and you need to get back to work. Enjoy meals with friends, dining out, or at home where you can enjoy your meals and not feel rushed to finish your meal.

Truly learn to savor every bite, try new recipes that take time to prep, and just appreciate the slower lifestyle perk. 

13. Giving up Weekends

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Now, only some people are stuck working on the weekends. But if you had a job where you had to work on the weekends, you would greatly appreciate the weekends now open to your choosing.

Get outside and enjoy the sunshine, go antique shopping, sailing, or just soaking up the sun in your backyard.

14. Going through Performance Evaluations

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Nothing is worse than those yearly performance reviews where you get evaluated. Sometimes, you walk away with a praise report, and other times, you feel the pressure of areas you lack.

You choose how successful and productive you want to be with your life and activities. That right there is very rewarding.

15. Working Overtime

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Say goodbye to those overtime hours that kept you late and prevented you from enjoying your day or evening. It is so refreshing not to feel forced to miss your daily schedule because someone didn’t show up or you had to work extra to meet a particular deadline.

16. Workplace Health Concerns

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Issues like ergonomic injuries from office work or even catching common illnesses in the office environment fade away. Retirees can focus on taking care of themselves.

17. Being Stressed

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Last but not least, there are the stresses of work. Whether reaching a certain amount of sales each month, experiencing performance stressors, or simply spending time away from home.

You can say goodbye to the stresses you experienced at your workplace. You can control your happiness daily without time restraints and other personalities clashing in.

Say goodbye to the work chapter of your life and find freedom and less stress. You have worked hard; now it is time to sow all you have reaped. So grab that pen and paper and begin the next chapter of your life with you as the sole author.

15 Everyday Money Tips to Build Financial Wellness

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People always think about their physical health, but what about financial health? It’s just as important.

Financial wellness is the overall health and stability of your personal financial situation. Being in control of your finances, having the capacity to handle unexpected expenses, being debt-free or managing debt responsibly, saving for short-term and long-term goals, and feeling secure and confident about your financial future are within your control.

13 Entertaining Card Games for an Unforgettable Date Night

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Date nights are perfect for reconnecting and sharing memorable experiences with your significant other. In the quest for something unique yet intimate, why not consider a night of laughter, strategy, and playful competition?

Card games offer a wonderful blend of entertainment and engagement, providing a refreshing alternative to the typical dinner and a movie. From strategic battles to lighthearted fun, we’ve compiled a list of 13 card games that promise to turn your next date night (or double date) into an unforgettable adventure.

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Theresa Bedford is a travel and lifestyle writer with an obsession to simplify life and travel more. She writes about simple living, money, travel destinations, family-friendly activities, and more. Her work has been featured on the Associated Press wire, MSN.com, GoBankingRates, Wealth of Geeks, Savorteur, and more.

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