I’ve been busy working this week and unable to write some proper blog posts – sorry to my legion of fans who wait on my every word but maybe being engrossed in work is no bad thing?
One of the aspects of the Early Retirement movement that I liked was the idea of not working. After all, work is the curse of the drinking classes and all work and no play makes GFF a dull boy.
Well, maybe work isn’t all that bad. I’m an engineer and that means I get to (like all other engineers) play with excel all day. Its’ great fun and it intellectually rewarding. It also has the benefit of pay – and the pay I get from working for someone else is more than I can get for doing anything for myself alone.
The idea that by cooperating with others, we can achieve more and become richer as a result has been known about in economics for a long time and ok, from 2016 we decided that the UK doesn’t need that crutch and we’d be ok on our own, but the principle stands. Comparative advantage is where it is at. My comparative advantage is being an engineer.
So, I’m back working now, around 25ish hours a week. Enough pay to make me feel ok about getting a takeaway (Turkish as recommended by http://www.moneymage.net).
Work does have its downsides – first of all, I have to devote a large part of my brain to it (maybe 45%), which means less space for other things including blogging. I did try one post earlier this week but got mixed up half way through and decided to save it as draft.
Am I happier with a bit of work coming in? That’s hard to say. I certainly feel a lot more useful doing something than nothing and intellectually it’s nice to have problems to solve and people to talk to. Where work ends up taking up 90% of your brain and all the best daytime hours – then we have a problem, but I’m not there yet.
And in case anyone was wondering, this blog doesn’t make any money. I tried to see what it could make and the answer was pennies and I’d be better of focusing on my side hustle (big reveal coming soon perhaps) or just roaming the streets looking for dropped coins than post blogs all day long.
How’s work been for you if you’ve been off on furlough or just out of work? Good to be back? A means to an end or the purpose of your life?