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Old 02-28-2015, 09:53 AM   #21
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I have 11 months to go to 55 and retiring with retiree medical and access to 401K. I know exactly how you feel. I feel like I am marching in place counting down the days. I am trying to motivate myself to keep going at work and to get stuff done at home to be ready for that freedom date. It is hard though.
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Old 02-28-2015, 11:40 AM   #22
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My very simplified answer: Keep your eyes and mindset on the end goal, don't let the daily BS get you worked up. Yes you have to do your job and still be contributing. It does not mean you have to let the office politics and personalities dictate your response to those factors.

Just provide your input for the job, be willing to say your mind (very liberating once you are FI), and be mindful of your end goal of retirement and a better quality of life in 3 years.

The key here is not let your response to the work influences have such drastic affect on your current quality of life.
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Old 02-28-2015, 12:19 PM   #23
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My very simplified answer: Keep your eyes and mindset on the end goal, don't let the daily BS get you worked up. Yes you have to do your job and still be contributing. It does not mean you have to let the office politics and personalities dictate your response to those factors.

Just provide your input for the job, be willing to say your mind (very liberating once you are FI), and be mindful of your end goal of retirement and a better quality of life in 3 years.

The key here is not let your response to the work influences have such drastic affect on your current quality of life.
+1

Now that I'm FI but have chosen to delay my retirement until 2017, I;m finding a lot more mental peace around those aspects of the job that annoyed me in the past. And I smile a lot more in "BS" type situations, as I realize "in the long run, the outcome doesn't matter to me".
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Old 02-28-2015, 08:55 PM   #24
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I'm a little over 4 months off. I've been recognizing burnout for several years and recognizing there is an end coming has helped the last 6 months. I enjoy my workplace, where I've worked for 25, and usually my job, but I'm looking forward to working online at about 30%. Call it semi-retired.

We're moving to the West Coast, and my wife is miserable in her current company, but has been much happier now that the move is in sight. She's 4 years younger so will find a new job at a smaller salary and will be happy to do so for roughly another 3-5 years.
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