Why Your Retirement Plans May Fail on any Given Tuesday

by Adam Felts

The average amount of time someone over the age of 65 spends watching TV is 7.14 hours per day - leaving time for eating meals, sleeping, and not much else.

Many of us dream of the day we can fiinally stop working, but what will we do with all that time we gain? In an article for Forbes, AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin suggests that a retirement plan should have a vision for how we will spend "any given Tuesday." He writes:

"Why Tuesday? Because it’s boring. It’s not a Thursday or Friday night, when people are more likely to plan an activities with others. It is not the weekend when family, particularly grandchildren, might be available. It is just a day.

Can you fill it? Tuesday is a virtual stress test of your retirement goal-setting and planning of how you will actually live life after work – real life, not the fabled life in our imagination."

Read more on Forbes.com.

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Adam Felts

Adam Felts is a researcher and writer at the MIT AgeLab. Currently he is involved in research on the experiences of family caregivers and the future of financial advice. He also manages the AgeLab blog and newsletter. He received his Master's in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University in 2014 and his Master's of Theological Studies from Boston University in 2019.

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