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Even for the most unconventional among us, a routine can be a comforting thing. The early days of retirement, when we either have to create a new routine or do without one, can be a challenge.

It’s easy to underestimate the psychological power of the working week and the shape and structure work gives to our days—so much so, in fact, that safety expert Gavin de Becker advises that firing potentially dangerous employees on a Friday afternoon, thus giving them a couple of days to adjust before they find themselves home on a working day, actually reduces the likelihood they’ll come back and attack someone. Doubtless you aren’t planning a violent rampage, ...

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