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Author: tiedyetriguy One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 756302  
Subject: Re: A dentist speaks out. Date: 7/7/2000 12:52 AM
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I think that 30 hour business is an excellent idea for all professionals, if not everyone. The extra day or two (10 hr days) allows for refreshing the spirit if needed or looking at the latest that's happening in your field. Something a lot of professionals set aside because of a too busy schedule

I can attest to the enjoyment of a 30 hour work week which creates a much greater sense of balance in my life today.

Previously walking the routine treadmill of a 'normal' 40 hour work week, I feel fortunate that 1) I made the discovery that more free time was more valuable than more money, and 2) my workplace allows the flexibility to choose parttime or fulltime hours.

By working only 30 hours a week (mon-thurs):

*I sleep more.
*I play with and watch my 5 1/2 month old baby develop more.
*I get to train more and can now pursue my goal of completing a full Ironman triathlon.
*I spend more time with family/friends.
*I have more time to do the little errands/chores that accumulate on a neverending To Do list.
*I learn more about Investing and the Stock Market.
*I enjoy my job much more.
*I'm healthier and almost never use sick leave.
*I don't crave vacations so much since I have free time to relax each week to week.
*I read more.....particularly this Retire Early Board!

We have simplistic needs and have pretty much everything we need at this time. So why work more? All we need is enough to pay our LBOM expenses and a little bit more to invest.

Time today is much more valuable than time in the future (when I'm retired). In my mind you can't put a price on my free time today. It's invaluable.

If you are fortunate enough, I'd strongly recommend downshifting work hours to create more free time today.

I'm already watching our cash flow carefully and planning to downshift further to only 24 work hours a week. (BTW, my wife works 8 hours a week)

FWIW,

Tie Dye
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