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Phillip Greenspun on Early Retirement

Phillip Greenspun on Early Retirement

P.G.’s thoughts on Early Retirement:

“Most people have terrible time management skills. This limitation is of no consequence in public school. The school tells you where to sit and what to do and when, at least for six hours per day. This limitation is of no consequence at most jobs. The employer tells the workers where to sit and what to do and when, at least for eight hours per day. If you’re retired, however, nobody tells you how to organize your life. If you have goals that you’d like to accomplish and your time management skills are poor, you might end up disappointed in yourself.”

For some time now, I’ve been meaning to write about this subject, but more from the point of view of someone who wants to “retire early”, rather than of someone who’s already done it. In particular, it has been occurring to Leslie and I for some time now that we’ve often had trouble figuring out what to do on a free weekend, let alone figuring out how we’d spend our time if we were financially independent. 🙂

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  • > In particular, it has been occurring
    > to Leslie and I for some time now
    > that we’ve often had trouble figuring
    > out what to do on a free weekend,
    > let alone figuring out how we’d spend
    > our time if we were financially independent. 🙂

    I have difficulty deciding what kind of joke that smiley stands for, because you sound at least semi-serious here, and I just can’t get it.

    If I could choose, I’d say five-six hundred years would be the bare minimum to do all the things I’d like to do. 🙂

  • >it has been occurring to Leslie and I
    What is the cognitive wrinkle here?
    If it had occured to you alone, or to Leslie, the sentence would have read

    it has been occurring to Leslie
    or
    it has been occurring to me

    so, why does the combination switch from ‘I’ to ‘me’? Curious…

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