Life Transition Survey

Life Transition Survey User's Guide

Transitions involve change and change is stressful for most people. When we give people another tool we use in our Financial Life Planning practice, "Personal Insights about Change" we find that most stress is associated with a sense of loss of control. The Life Transition Survey gives you the opportunity to identify transitions you expect to experience during your lifetime. Once they are identified and brought to the surface of your thinking, you can start to plan for those transitions. Planning allows for preparation, preparation provides a sense of control and control reduces stress.

The Life Transition Survey provides a list of 52 life transitions organized into four categories. As you read through these, you will find that most transitions do not apply to you. That's OK - just ignore those. For the ones that do apply, indicate if you are currently experiencing that transition or if you will in the mid-term or long-term.

Here are some tips to help you think about the transitions you have identified:

Stop to think about the implications of the transitions you have identified.

  • Some of these implications will be emotional.

What are you looking forward to with each transition?

What are you most concerned about with each transition?

  • Some of these implications will be financial.

What additional expenses do you think each transition will require?

How much have you saved for those extra expenses?

Make plans now for all the transitions you have identified.

  • Have conversations with others who will be involved in each transition.
  • Write down how you want to manage the transition.
  • Create savings plans when appropriate.

Our tendency when facing transitions is to focus on what we are losing. However, by looking ahead and anticipating the transition, we can shift our focus to what we will be gaining and that will help reduce the related stress.


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Financial Satisfaction Survey

 


Directions: The statements below will help you to think about and assess how satisfied you are with many aspects of your financial life. Indicate your level of satisfaction for each statement with stars.
(1 star = "Not Satisfied", 3 stars = "Moderately Satisfied", 5 stars = "Very Satisfied")

I am satisfied with...

1. ...with my ability to meet my financial obligations

2. ...with the income my current job or career provides me.

3. ...with my spending habits.

4. ...with the level of debt I carry.

5. ...with the “extras” that I am able to buy for myself and/or loved ones.

6. ...with the level and quality of insurance protection I currently have.

7. ...with the amount of money that I save and invest on a regular basis.

8. ...with my current investment choices.

9. ...that I am on track to build a sufficient retirement nest egg.

10. ...with the level of employee benefits I receive.

11. ...with my style of personal bookkeeping and financial record management.

12. ...with my ability to provide financial help to family members.

13. ...with my estate plan.

14. ...with my level of charitable giving.

15. ...with the level of financial education I have attained.

16. ...with how I respond emotionally to my personal finance issues.

17. ...with my ability to communicate about my financial matters.

18. ...with the feelings I have about my money life.

19. ...that financial issues do not cause stress or strain in the relationships that are important to me.

20. ...with the working relationships I have with my financial service providers (i.e., insurance agent, banker, broker, financial planner, accountant).


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Life Transition Survey

 


Directions: In each section, select the transitions that you are currently experiencing and those you are likely to experience in the future. In addition, check transitions in the short to mid-term and long-term columns that you either hope to experience or anticipate with concern.

Work Life Transitions

1. Change in career path:

2. New Job:

3. Promotion

4. Job loss

5. Job restructure

6. Education / retraining

7. Sell or close business

8. Transfer family business

9. Gain a business partner:

10. Lose a business partner:

11. Downshift / simplify work life

12. Sabbatical / leave of absence

13. Start or purchase a business

14. Retire:

15. Phase into retirement

16. Other


Financial Life Transitions

1. Purchase a home:

2. Sell a home:

3. Relocate:

4. Purchase a vacation home / timeshare:

5. Re-evaluate investment philosophy:

6. Experience investment gain:

7. Experience investment loss:

8. Debt concerns:

9. Consider investment opportunity:

10. Receive inheritance or financial windfall:

11. Sell assets:

12. Other:


Family Life Transitions

1. Change in marital status (marriage):

2. Change in marital status (divorce):

3. Change in marital status (widowhood):

4. Expecting or adopting a child:

5. Hire child care:

6. Child entering adolescence:

7. Child with special needs:

8. Child w/pre-college expenses:

9. Child going to college:

10. Child getting married:

11. Empty nest:

12. Family special event (Bat/Bar Mitzvah, anniversary party, trip):

13. Helping and/or gifting grandchildren

14. Concern about aging parent

15. Concern about health of spouse/partner or child:


Legacy Life Transitions

1. Increase charitable giving:

2. Give special financial gifts to children/grandchildren:

3. Give parental pension (monthly stipend):


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