I recently wrote about possible ways to countdown my last year to early retirement. I had gotten a lot of great ideas online and shared them in this post. Since it’s a couple of weeks later, I thought I would share a couple of the approaches I adopted.
First, I made 52 tags out of Post-it Flags and hung them up in a colorful way in my office. I didn’t put them out in the open where everyone would ask me what they were for – since my path to FIRE (financial independence & retiring early) is still a stealthy initiative. Instead, I put them in one of my overhead cupboard doors.
Here’s what they look like …
I also liked the devious idea to embed a mysterious countdown number into the footer of my work Excel spreadsheets. Budgets are among my least favorite administrative tasks, so it’s fun to see that little number “50” in the corner, knowing that I have only 50 weeks left to my FIRE escape. Especially funny is when I share a budget file and someone else starts using it, never really knowing what the number is for (or bothering to take it out of the footer). Good fun.
Won’t they all be surprised a year from now?