Event planners will tell you that when you make preparations for something huge down the road – a ribbon cutting, a wedding, a visit from the president – you start by scheduling backward from the big day. You will get a handle on when to send the invitations, for instance, when to call the rental company, and which bills will have to be paid by when.
The list includes an important deadline: When you have to turn up the dial from calm preparation to single-minded obsession.
Although the timeline is longer, you can do the same with retirement. The goal is always the same with any planning objective: Attend to the details beforehand so you can enjoy the event. More