Slacking Away

I’ve had a fairly indulgent winter of catching up on reading, keeping up with new movies, and playing through some old video games. I’ve been saving fast towards a new real estate project and expect to buy a place in the next few months. I’ll post all about it when I do. But for now I’ve just been enjoying a lot of leisure time. Since I’m able to get in most of my gaming, reading and movie/tv watching during the work day, I spend my free time doing stuff like playing guitar, hiking/biking, expanding my cooking skills, visiting with friends, and doing a few little projects around the house.

I’ve intentionally avoided taking on any big goals other than continuing to save for my next property investment. I’m really enjoying the leisurely life of the part-time landlord and slacker job combo. And it sits in stark contrast to my life not long ago of working full-time and simultaneously taking on a full course load for years. So I don’t want to ruin the leisure by telling myself I need to use this time productively to learn Spanish, or start a software project, or any number of big, difficult tasks that require a sustained long-term effort. Maybe soon I’ll get bored and decide I do want to take on one of those tasks, and if so, great. But I’m not going to force myself to pursue anything in particular just yet.

I’m having too much of a good time to sacrifice any of it.

My job continues to be a walk in the park. I was commended for being a leader at my six month review. The job is a perfect incubator for me right now. I often wonder when I’ll leave it. Right now I’m thinking I’ll stay at least through next year. And possibly a couple of years after that. I’m just not sure. The big impetus that will probably drive me to leave is wanting to take a long, multi-month trip. Like maybe heading to another climate for the winter. If they let me take multi-month leaves of absence I, I hate to say it, but I might never quit. But rest assured, they wouldn’t put up with that, so I’ll be forced to officially retire even from the slacker job at some point soon.

My apologies for the dearth of content. But all I’ve been doing lately is saving money and having fun.


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  1. Posted March 25, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Mike, you blog is still one of my favorites. Enjoy hearing about your goings on, even if it’s only every month or so.

  2. steve
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    I love your blog and good to see another post.

  3. Posted March 25, 2014 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Honestly Mike, you’re my hero. Keep up the good lack-of-work.

  4. Iowa
    Posted March 26, 2014 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Welcome to 2014!!

  5. Posted March 26, 2014 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I love it! Follow your arrow.

  6. TallMike
    Posted March 26, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Glad to hear you are doing well. Still one of my top four blogs to read and your earlier posts reward rereading. Best to you.

  7. lurker
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    what have you been reading??? glad your review at work went well….LOL

  8. Rich
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the update! Good to hear it’s going well. Way to be a leader! :)

  9. DodderingFool
    Posted March 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    I keep trying to shove money into my computer to pay for your eBook on how to find such a job, but it doesn’t work. Seriously though, depending on how actionable the info is, I’d pay $100+ for a slacker job guide. Actually, what the hell, $200+ :D

    Is this something you have to find in your network? Do you just apply for a bunch of jobs just to see where you will be working (preferably a broom closet with a door that closes)? Is such a position on attainable to JDs? I could go on.

    Anyway, I sent you an e-mail 4 months ago with some more detail on this topic. I would send much karma your way (and money, if you do actually create a payable guidebook) if you could help me on my quest for slacker nirvana :)

  10. Another Lurker
    Posted March 28, 2014 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Was so pleased to see this post appear in my feed-reader. I love your stuff and find it so inspiring. Even if I’m not there yet, it somehow pleases me to know that someone else is and is living the good life. Please keep writing.

  11. Frank
    Posted April 2, 2014 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    I’ve enjoyed your blog and look forward to new posts, but if you have nothing to say right now, your doing the right thing (as usual) by saying nothing, rather than babbling on like too many bloggers filling up space for the sake of filling up space.

    If you want to learn spanish, definitely try the pimsleur method. You can try one lesson for free to see how it works. Its almost effortless. One thing pimsleur doesn’t tell you is that you’ll probably have to repeat lessons 16 to 120 (assuming you do the whole course) once or even twice (unless you are good with languages or have prior exposure to spanish) so the course will actually take about 8 months to a year rather than just 4 months. Still fairly effortless, however, just longer than you might think. But you don’t appear in a rush, so that’s not an issue.

  12. red
    Posted April 10, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Well done Mike. One of my favourite blogs to follow. Just happy to receive a post from you once in a while :-)

  13. Posted April 13, 2014 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Mike, I also like how you only post monthly. I find some bloggers that blog everyday is just too much. Thanks to you I read “Walden on Wheels” and loved it. I also would be interested in other books you would recommend. Thanks.

  14. Posted April 23, 2014 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    I echo lurker’s comment. What have you been reading. I’m curious to hear.

  15. Posted April 29, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Awesome man, keep up the (lack of) good work!