Posts Tagged ‘work’

More on Rest

February 26, 2017

That is the book “Rest” by  Alex Soojung-Kim Pang that was reviewed in the immediately preceding post.  Remember that the major points of this book were that there is a limit of about four hours for effective mental work, and that non work time needs to be spent in restorative activities.  Previous healthy memory blog posts have mentioned that when I was I elementary school in the 1950s I was told that by now time at work would have been drastically reduced due to technology.  Technology has advanced beyond our wildest dreams.  And back in the 50s it was highly unusual for mothers to work.  Yet today, everyone is working many more hours than in the 50s.

So what happened?  Moreover, there is genuine concern about all the jobs that will be lost due to technology.

It seems that the solution to this problem is to recalibrate using guidance from Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.  Cut the standard work week to 20 hours and use remaining time to recreate and engage in restorative activities.

This should not only solve a dangerous unemployment problem, but it should also result in an increase in the quality of work.

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The Value of Personal Time

August 15, 2015

The value of personal time is something that should not be overlooked.  I had been planning on continuing to work in lieu of retiring.  I knew that there was an inverse relationship between the age of retirement and the onset of dementia.  However, I did not find my work to be fulfilling.  On the contrary, it was aggravating.  As there was no financial need to continue working, I retired.

Since retiring my personal time has significantly increased and I’m finding that this personal time is not only enjoyable, but is also providing opportunities for personal growth.  As long as I grow cognitively, exercise, and eat a reasonable diet, there is no reason to think that my probability for dementia is increasing.  Indeed I believe that the probability of cognitive decline is not only decreasing, but it is also turning into a period of cognitive growth.

I encourage readers to value personal time.  Are you working unnecessarily?  Are you spending personal time so that it is enjoyable and is providing for personal growth?
Planning for retirement is something that should be done early in life.  Always save a portion of earnings and take advantage of plans offered by your employer to the maximum.  And never carry credit card debt.  Starting early is essential.  I get a kick out of commercials offering plans of investing for exorbitant retirements.  None of these plans can provide magic.  The most important point is to start early.  Believe me, age sneaks up on you faster than you can imagine.

Savings provide both security and control over you personal time.  Do not underestimate the value of personal time.

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