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Old 11-19-2015, 10:14 AM   #21
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...DW and I talked about part timing... But if I part time at my job I'm very likely to be paid part time but work full time because much of the work is thinking and I'm not good at turning that off...
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In my line of work, part-time or "semi-retirement" just meant same work, less pay. I was paid to think-through complex business problems and find creative solutions. You don't just turn that on and off. My mind was churning through scenarios 24/7/365. Work was a constant intrusion. Once I was FI, I checked out... completely.
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Old 11-19-2015, 05:29 PM   #22
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IMHO if I were 65 I'd be out in a heartbeat. I am three months into P/T. I have found that I love my days off way more than my work days. As an earlier poster said, I've found myself cheating the company a bit because my dedication while I'm at work is lacking.

My biggest problem is I have set days. Of course, all the fun seems to come on my work days. Now I'm starting to move things around and find excuses to come in late or work different days. These are all great problems to have.

Lastly even though I'm in good shape I see my body aging especially in some of my joints so I want to climb mountains before everything goes bad. Oh I forgot...I hate hiking.

Good luck on your decision
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:01 PM   #23
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The thing about practicing law is each matter requires a certain amount of dedicated brain space.
Seems to me what Zman says applies to OP. I do appliance repair 2-4 hours/week. Just enough to keep it fun/stimulating. But with my kind of work, it doesn't require any brain ruminating.

(Whoops, I see Zman is OP)
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Old 11-20-2015, 12:04 PM   #24
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The Top 5 Regrets of The Dying | Collective-Evolution

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2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”
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I left my state job almost 4 years ago at 58 but got bored pretty quickly. For me the perfect solution was to teach an online college class which can be done anywhere in the world & I do occasional consulting in my old line of work. By this I mean working 1 day/month. I feel fully retired & have never been happier. The class I teach is something I had never done before & really gives my life meaning without having to go anywhere. It also does not hinder vacations as I have internet access anywhere I go. Find your perfect balance. I started my career later in life due to having kids, going to college later so that may be why I am not sick of working but I sure was sick of a structured work environment.
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