Making your mid-life change

Anytime you make a life or career change, it’s a big deal. All of a sudden the structure and rhythm that your life had is changed irrevocably. The people you saw on a daily basis such as your barista, colleagues or fellow commuters are never to be seen again, unless you make a concerted effort to stay in touch.

The impact of the change on your general well-being is even greater if you’re not moving into another full-time job, but are building a new type of life. You might call this a portfolio lifestyle, a career change or life change, or retirement. This state of flux and opportunity for renewal is exciting but also daunting and can take a lot of time to get right.

But that’s ok! This is totally normal.

I’ve spoken to hundreds of people over the past few years who have made a significant transition. Most of them have said they tried a number of new things before they found the balance that was right for them at that next phase in life...then things can change again! One survey which looked at how well people adjust to retirement found that only 18% of people had fully adjusted 6 months later, this then rose slowly to over 50% after five years. Nothing in life is ever static.

Having the skill to be able to adapt and reinvent ourselves, keep up with the changes in the world around around us becomes increasingly important as the likelihood of the ‘100 year life’ increases for many of us.

Planning for your new life is important.

Research shows that people who plan early tend to adjust more quickly and are generally happier throughout the transition.  This doesn’t just mean saving for your superannuation or whether you’re going to downsize or move to a new area. When people face a life change, other aspects of their lives may be challenged, including relationships and self-esteem. When your daily routine changes, your level of social interaction and physical and intellectual stimulation is often disrupted as well.

Without help, it can take people a very long-time to adjust. This is where Full Time Lives is here to help.

There’s a number of things you can do to help you get on the right path to a new life you love more quickly.  

  1. Firstly, if you haven't already done so sign up for our email updates. This way you'll get a regular dose of inspiration and information on making your transition and you won’t miss any upcoming events or workshops. You can also follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn or join our Meetup group - whatever is your favourite way to keep in touch.

  2. To check whether you’re ready to leave full-time work, take our quiz. The quiz is based on our Five Key Ingredients for Full Time Living and will give you a quick picture of how well prepared you are for the next stage of your life.

  3. Start planning! It’s so easy to procrastinate and there’s absolutely no substitute for just getting started. Read some of our recent articles which have links to further advice and information. Try our Innovation Canvas, to help you map out what's important. Or just use whatever works for you and whatever you have to hand.

  4. Once you have started thinking about the next phase of your life you might like to come along to one of our events or our Transition Programme. If you are still working full-time your company might pay or part pay for you to attend (many companies do). Contact us if you’d like some advice on approaching your HR department.

  5. Or, if you’re the type of person that likes to work through things yourself you’d probably prefer Silver Mirror our digital workbook which combines with our quiz to help you work out which areas of your life need greater focus as you shape a fulfilling, active and happy life for yourself.

  6. Get in touch with me! I’d love to hear from you if any of the above has been useful, or alternatively if you have an idea of what would help you transition seamlessly to your new chapter.

Natalie Yan-Chatonsky
CEO & Founder of Full Time Lives