nguy44 wrote:So I am struggling to push myself off the edge and diving into the swimming pool of 2017 retirement. . . .
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nguy44 wrote:Every retirement planning calculator I have used states we are in very good financial shape. I am trying to mentally adjust to giving up a very generous salary. I work from home, no commute hassles, and do not have to manage people. I have no need for any further promotions or even raises, so that incentive component no longer exists. The job content I like but it is getting harder to focus on it, and not get distracted by all my fun activities/hobbies around the house and in the neighborhood. I am meeting all my work deadlines but do not feel I am being fair to my company because I am not as into the job mentally as I was in the past. I guess I am in OMD (One More Day) mode right now regarding retirement.
Sounds like you have a good job, good work, good pay, good life situation, good health - but you have work energy slump or burn out and this is all making your work and the retirement decision a big struggle.
nguy44 wrote: . . . There are overall job expectations with my salary and level that I cannot justify with integrity putting the non-work related tasks at a priority during working hours. I can try doing the bare minimum but frankly I am not wired that way, I try to excel in things I get involved in.
Very difficult for those wired to excel, very difficult for those who aren't satisfied until their work product is the best they can do, until it is as perfect as they can make it. I understand, it took over my work, my life, and made it difficult to retire. Very difficult to do things "good enough" then move on with life.
Before diving into retirement now, why not try this
(1) start a new forum thread right now with your important Questions so the entire Boglehead forum can offer experiences and ideas
You'll find it very helpful. Put your retirement planning calculators out in the open and let others offer their advice.
(2) stand back from the edge and move from a One-More-Day mode to a Date-Certain mode - without giving notice to your employer (yet).
Give yourself a personal Date-Certain and plan for your retirement. Line up all your horses and men ready to go, adjust your work to be in personal wind-down good-enough mode
and stop that gotta-be-perfect mode
earn the extra cash (can't hurt
) and as it gets closer to Date-Certain, make your decision. It appears that either choice will be fine and that once you've made your decision, you won't look back or regret it