For physicians with specialties than enable them to scale back time commitments, I've always suspected that creating a "glide path to retirement" could make a significant difference in day to day quality of life.
Time to test that hypothesis! It's been six weeks at my reduced shift load as an emergency physician, and I thought it would be a worthwhile exercise to review what they’ve been like.
Let's go straight to the highlights reel:
This is the life I’d been dreaming about, and suddenly I’m living it. FI people are big on measuring progress toward their goals, and the past month and a half have been remarkable on all fronts. Social. Passion project. Family time. Dates with my wife. Fitness.
But it takes looking at the past week to assess the most meaningful wins. In the last seven days, I worked three shifts (two days and a night, two of them over the weekend), yet still managed to:
So even though I haven’t reached my FI number yet, simply being in a position to reduce my shifts has afforded me the ability to allot my time in accordance with my values.
I could get used to this.