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Old 01-05-2016, 11:16 AM   #1
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How do you make the (work) days go by faster?

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Corporate work is my fastest and best path to FIRE, but after all of these years, it's getting harder and harder to get through the days. I would trade off pay for lifestyle, but I don't see a good option there because I really want to be free of the schedule and other obligations that come with paid work.

Do you have ideas for how to make the days pass faster during the next several years?

Thanks!
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Old 01-05-2016, 11:23 AM   #4
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Hi,

Corporate work is my fastest and best path to FIRE, but after all of these years, it's getting harder and harder to get through the days. I would trade off pay for lifestyle, but I don't see a good option there because I really want to be free of the schedule and other obligations that come with paid work.

Do you have ideas for how to make the days pass faster during the next several years?

Thanks!
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Toward the end of my full-time career, I looked around for more stuff to do, or came up with new/interesting tasks for myself. There was a twice-weekly budget meeting I had to attend, which looked, on the surface, like a total bore. Poor stuckee Amethyst!

Well, I took some budget courses, boned up on the arcane vocabulary, and started publishing a one-page layman's-language summary of the proceedings and emailing it to the higher-ups. They loved it, and I got a bonus.

Also, the time spent on the meetings and newsletter helped protect me from getting stuck with other stuff I *didn't* want to do.
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There's some truth and some humor in the above responses, but I found that the more engrossed you can be in your job, the quicker the day goes and the less you think about how much you don't like it. If you just can't do that in your job, see if it's possible to find a position you like and can get lost in. But also try to call it quits at the end of the day. Stretching your day into the evening gets exhausting especially if you do it often.

Working from home occasionally is a nice break, especially from the commute, if you are able. Or flex hours if you are able, especially if traffic is an issue. I found myself in a better mood if I waited until 9 and then breezed in on the drive, or even coming in before 7 if I knew it meant about I could out early. It also gave me an hour or two of quieter time in the office before most people came in or after they left.

Sprinkle in vacation days here and there to give yourself a break if you have some to spare between longer vacations for trips.
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I know where you're at because I am in the same boat. It helps when you have something to look forward to in the near future. I am planning a summer and holiday trip. Though it counteracts saving, it fits into the thought process that you have to live your life now. Life happens when you are making other plans.
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Do you have ideas for how to make the days pass faster during the next several years?

My personal opinion is that, after you reach a certain age, you start to realize that "making the days pass faster" is a very flawed concept. We all only HAVE a finite number of days left - why "make them go faster"? Instead, try to figure out how to make them more enjoyable, even if you are still stuck at work.
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All I know is that watching the stock ticker to see how my options were doing did not work to shorten the day. Focusing on the task at hand was best for me.
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Hi,

Corporate work is my fastest and best path to FIRE, but after all of these years, it's getting harder and harder to get through the days. I would trade off pay for lifestyle, but I don't see a good option there because I really want to be free of the schedule and other obligations that come with paid work.

Do you have ideas for how to make the days pass faster during the next several years?

Thanks!
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There's some truth and some humor in the above responses, but I found that the more engrossed you can be in your job, the quicker the day goes and the less you think about how much you don't like it. If you just can't do that in your job, see if it's possible to find a position you like and can get lost in.
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My personal opinion is that, after you reach a certain age, you start to realize that "making the days pass faster" is a very flawed concept. We all only HAVE a finite number of days left - why "make them go faster"? Instead, try to figure out how to make them more enjoyable, even if you are still stuck at work.
+4. Keeping myself busy was always the best medicine IMO. If all my work was done to the best if my ability, it gave me the opportunity to work on tiger things and/or help others - but I always chose these tasks that were interesting to ME or skills I wanted to develop. Adding variety to the day with other tasks also reduces boredom...
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