How to Set a Retirement Clock

Retirement clocks are devices much like clock radios that, instead of telling time, count down to the day you'll retire. You can find the clocks online, or at online retailers--both virtual clocks and tangible units you can hold, set and move about. Setting the clocks is easy, but it's the date to which you'll be counting down that matters. That's the all-important day when you say goodbye to work.

Online Clock

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Search for virtual retirement clocks online. Most of these products are available as free downloads. However, you must be careful when filling out forms for the download. Some companies may try to trick you into buying other products or the clock itself.

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Ensure your computer meets the requirements for downloading. For example, a PC-specific download will not work on an Apple Powerbook and vice versa.

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Download your favorite clock and install the program on your computer. You'll be prompted to enter the date on which you plan to retire.

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Calculate the time left before you can retire. If you have a definite date in mind, enter it, and press enter, and your clock is set. If you need to calculate the time, do so, then enter the number of years, months, weeks, days and hours left. The clock is now set.

Clock Radio

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Research retirement clocks at retailers. These are available at most major retailers in the United States. They almost all do the same thing. Choose one according to your personal taste in color, graphics, sound and details.

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Purchase the retirement clock. Make sure you buy batteries for the unit if they do not come with it or if the unit does not use electricity for power.

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Set the clock by searching for a "set" button. This will be clearly explained in the instruction manual. You may need to hold the button until the screen prompts you to begin entering data.

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Enter the number of years, months, weeks, and days left before retirement. You also have the option of giving a date (for example, July 15, 2030). Enter the data and press the "set" button again. Your clock is now ready to count down.