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Why It’s Never Too Early To Plan For The Future.

April 23, 2020 by  
Filed under Health & Wellness, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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(ThyBlackMan.comIf the Coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it is that none of us know what is around the corner. We don’t know what the future holds, and this is why planning ahead is so critical. If you’re eager to get organized, here are some steps you can take. 

Planning for retirement and getting your finances in order

You might be years away from retirement now, but time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s essential to prepare in advance. When you stop working, and your salary disappears, you want to be able to live life to the full and enjoy a well-earned break without money worries. If you don’t already have a pension scheme through your job, now is the time to investigate and compare financial products and think about putting money away for the future. It’s also important to keep a close eye on your personal finances and to take steps to minimize the risk of getting into debt and improve your credit score. If you tend to ignore bank statements, or you overspend on a regular basis, using Internet banking apps and budgeting tools can help you check your balances frequently and monitor spending.

Making a will and planning your funeral

Nobody wants to dwell on the fact that they won’t live forever, but planning ahead can provide peace of mind for you and your family. If you plan a funeral or a memorial service or celebration, you’ll alleviate pressure on your loved ones, and you’ll be remembered in the way you wanted. You don’t have to cover every single detail, but noting down whether you prefer caskets made from wood, choosing songs and poems and adding information such as whether you’d prefer people to wear black or bright colors, can help those left behind. If you don’t already have a will, it’s also wise to ensure you make one. A will contains instructions about what will happen to your estate when you pass away and it ensures that your wishes are fulfilled. 

Making a list of goals 

Do you ever feel like life is passing you by and days are merging into one? Time goes so fast, and this is why it’s helpful to think about what you want to do in your life. At a time when we’re being encouraged to slow down and stay at home, it’s a great idea to make plans and start working towards your dreams and goals. Whether you want to travel more, you’re thinking about a change of career, or you want to spend more time enjoying adventures with your children, making a list will give you the motivation to see it through. Bucket lists don’t have to be morbid, and they can help you organize your schedule and make the most of the time you have available. 

Living in the present is wonderful, but there’s a lot to be said for looking forward. If you haven’t made any plans for your future yet, it’s never too early to start.

Staff Writer; Carla Short


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