Posted by Tim Stobbs on April 14, 2009
Ok, Tuesday is usually link post, but there is just on slight problem. I have yet to open my Reader account in over six days so I haven’t read most of my usual stuff for that long. Ah the joys of being consumed by a home improvement project.
For those of you that follow me on Twitter you already know I spend the last five days installing hardwood in the family room. What I might have not mentioned was my wife and boys were gone for that entire time (they went to Grandma’s to avoid the mess and get in a visit). So during the last five days I had something odd in the house during the evening: silence.
I rediscovered a few things during that time:
- I really don’t mind being alone for periods of time. It’s just something that has never really bothered me even as a young kid.
- How hard it is to go from cooking for four to one, I’ve rarely had to cook for just one so that was a bit of challenge.
- Projects NEVER go according to plan so having some extra time is always a good idea. I figured I could do the project in four days, I finished at 4pm on day five.
The third point is what go me thinking. Should people planning an early retirement just pick a range of dates rather than a specific one? I mean it’s near impossible to predict when you can actually do it with any degree of exactness from 20 years out. It’s highly variable on many different things: rate of return, amount saved, inflation rate and changes in government policy. So should you just pick a rough date and then put on three years or more to either side? Or perhaps the answer lies in just not being very attached to any specific date.
What’s your thought on this? (Other than the fact this post started off with a blank screen and me having no idea what to write so it evolved into this mess of thought. Sorry for the mess.)