One year left of this cubicle life. This is the time when all of those crazy questions start to pop up. "What the hell am I doing?" or, "This is crazy. I can't afford to lose my paycheck!" or, "I'll be bored out of my skull! Gotta stay sharp. Gotta stay working!" If I'm going to retire early at this time next year, I have some homework to do before I drum up the courage to quit my job. Anecdotal evidence points to a number of early retirees … [Read more...] about Do You Have the Courage to Quit Your Job?
Cubicle Job Survival and Thrival
Special treat today, readers! Taylor Landis of Skutchi Designs has the mic. Get this: Skutchi is a designer of office cubicles. Zoinks! Talk about letting the fox into the hen-house... Don't worry, we're not trying to sell you guys new cubes or anything (this is NOT a sponsored post!) But I figured it'd be a royal hoot to hear from a cubicle marketing rep who dreams of early retirement while trying to pen-in the rest of us as part of her day job. … [Read more...] about How This Millennial Plans to Survive Her Cubicle Job Years
Not a title you expected? Me either, frankly. But you start to think about certain things when the weekend is consumed by never-ending snow, and you come down with some nasty stomach virus. Monday rolls around, and you're still at home, feeling like hell, and actually wanting to be in the office. With that curious bit of info in mind, let's ask the burning question, "Do you enjoy your job?" And if you do, what will you miss about it, when you … [Read more...] about Do You Enjoy Your Job? What Will You Miss When You Retire?
About seven years into my career, having just turned 29, I got canned. This was well over a decade ago, my millennial friends. I didn't believe it at the time, but looking back, getting laid off was clearly a blessing in disguise. There were a number of factors that made getting laid-off "easy" for me. For one, I was single with no kids. The only mouth I had to feed was my own. And man, did I have a typical bachelor diet back in the … [Read more...] about Getting Laid off: A Blessing in Disguise?
Dwight D. Eisenhower. World War II General (and Supreme Leader of the European Theater... You know, D-Day?) and later, President of the United States. You can't get more productive than that! In fact, he was the first president to play golf more than he worked. Well, that's not entirely true or fair, but the guy started the whole "golf as the president's favorite pastime" thing. This isn't a history lesson, so don't panic. Although "Ike" was a … [Read more...] about Get More Productive: With the Eisenhower Box