Once you have a feel for what you plan to do in retirement, then you need to work out how much income you need to achieve your retirement goals. It’s generally a good idea to prepare a detailed budget that looks at how much you are spending now and compare this with how much you think you’ll spend in retirement – bearing in mind that your expenses may change once retired. For example you may no longer have travel expenses to work or mortgage repayments. However in retirement you may spend more on hobbies and holidays.
Here’s a sample worksheet to help you get started.