How to discover “what’s next?” after a life of full-time work
Are you facing a downshift in your work life: semi-retirement, retirement, fewer hours, or simply looking at how to spend your time in ways that bring you more satisfaction? Do you feel as useful as you’d like?
“Although life must be lived moving forward, it is best understood by comprehending what we’ve lived through.” James E. Birren, PhD
Take a piece of graph paper, like this one, below.
After completing your life graph, the next step is to continue your self-discovery. Explore what has meaning for you by answering these questions:
· What do you enjoy talking about? What could you discuss for hours?
· When does time fly, and you get lost in what you are doing?
· During what activities do you feel most like you?
· Are you fascinated by any particular subject? Did you have a favorite subject in school?
· What themes have drawn you in, over your life?
· What activities make you feel most alive, focused, and engaged?
· If you were going to write about something, what would you write about?
The above prompts might help you reconnect with things about which you are passionate.
Is there any common theme? Is there anything that you notice in looking back at the life graph, and then looking at your answers to these questions?
I’ll offer subsequent articles that will allow you to continue to discover, then clarify, and ultimately create the goals and changes to make the most of your freedom (as much or as little as you have).
Let me know what unique circumstances you are facing in the comments, and I will try to tailor the articles to be the most useful.