A number of readers have been chatting about how many months they have until their own early retirement dates and how anxious they are getting. I started this blog when I had 15 months left before my FIRE escape date from MegaCorp. That seemed like a really long time at that point, but now when I reflect on it, it seems like no time at all!
To keep patient and persevere, I started a number of countdown activities – even though I wasn’t sharing my plans with anyone at the office. These were my favorites:
- Post-it Flag Countdown – I kept this inside my office credenza overhead
(I even tweeted it out to the company Twitter account and the “liked” it)
- PowerPoint Presentation Title Pages – A sly weekly countdown number
(Everyone could see it, but (almost) no one really understood)
- Countdown app on my iPhone
- Spreadsheet split into months left, weeks left, days left, work days left
Another idea I heard recently – which would have been fun to do – is to take a shot of scotch every Friday afternoon when you get home from work. There are 22 shots in one liter whiskey bottle, so you might need a couple of bottles. I toasted my early retirement with a bottle of The Macallan 18 – a fun way to celebrate!
What other countdown ideas have / are you using?
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