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The radiologist, who is about 52 years young, has decided to work less and enjoy life more. I’ve fantasized about 50 things I’d like to do when retired, but there’s plenty of fun to be had prior to retirement, and Vagabond MD has made all sorts of plans.
What plans are those? Let’s see what the good doctor has in mind.
Hello, PoF Nation. In part inspired by the lessons of PoF and other mentors, in part because I was running out of human capital gas, and in part because preserving my time was becoming more valuable to me than acquiring more money, I have joined the growing legion of part-time docs. I am 22 years into my career, a point where some of you will be long retired, but, hey, you can teach an old dog new tricks.
My part-time schedule is to work 3 days per week of the 43 work weeks of 2018 (we take 9 weeks of vacation). Ideally, these short workweeds would be scheduled Monday through Wednesday or Wednesday through Friday, but most weeks I will work Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, as this best suits our practice.
As such, I will have essentially two weekends every week, hence the 86 weekends— it’s just that one of the weekends will be a Wednesday and Thursday buried in the middle of the work week. Some of these things (below) are already planned, some are specific to time, locations, and other details, and others less well-developed.
So here we go…
43 Things to DO with 86 Weekends in 2018
1 – 10:
- Take a photography course to help explain why my iPhone photos are consistently better than the ones I take with the fancy, expensive camera.
- Take an iPhone course to help explain why my wife’s iPhone photos are consistently better than mine, despite the fact that I have the newer/better iPhone and the better eye for photography. 😉
- Prepare and deliver a talk on Burnout for a convention of radiology leaders in January.
- Find a burned out doc that I can help work through it.
- Attend a meeting in Minneapolis, in February. (Hmm, maybe full time was not so bad…) [PoF: Waiting until April wouldn’t have made much of a difference this year. 🙁 ]
- Attend another February event in Minneapolis, if the hometown football team makes it (fingers crossed). [PoF: Cross harder next time!]
- Attend the WCI Conference in March.
- Spend time rehabbing orthopedic injury sustained at WCI Conference in March
- Visit a pair of imaging centers, coincidentally located in and around my hometown, per my part-time consulting gig, in April.
- Sleep in AND take my daughter to school AND take care of the dogs AND exercise all in the same morning (which previously required my wife to do one or more).
11 – 20:
- Do the house cleaning myself Be home to let the house cleaners into the house.
- Do the yard work myself Yes, I am going to do the yard work myself.
- Start a vegetable garden
- Write more guest posts (two currently planned and started).
- Get paid to write something. [PoF: Your next beer’s on me.]
- Do research for a London trip this spring. Make all necessary reservations and buy all tickets one month in advance.
- Start to relearn math, up to and including calculus (Khan Academy)
- Complete 50 modules of art history courses (Smarthistory)
- Learn Spanish (beyond necessities like ordering mas cerveza and locating los baños) via Duolingo and books at home.
21 – 30:
- Learn to make paella, in preparation for an anticipated dinner party with friends.
- Brew my own beer, at least once.
- Take naps, at least once (per week).
- Take dogs to dog park, at least once per week.
- Work with my daughter to get her drivers license, but until then, be more available to pick her up from school.
- Make a surprise, unannounced visit to my son, away at college, four hours by car (cue evil laughter)
- Make a surprise, unannounced visit to my wife’s office, with flowers, to take her for lunch (cue romantic music)
- Meet daughter for lunch in park by her high school, at least once per month (no cues)
- Bring lunch to good friend and neighbor, a relatively young man, suffering from progressive metastatic prostate cancer, before it’s too late
- In the winter, run outside around noon, when it is warmer and light outside, rather than in the cold, dark at 6 AM.
- In the summer, bike outside before noon, before it gets too hot.
- Enroll in a spinning class.
- Take a(nother) wine appreciation class.
- Be available to trade days with my full-time partners, in case they need a day off.
- Make a volunteer commitment, at least once per month
- Get onto a voluntary board for a nonprofit. [PoF: D&O insurance!!!]
- Volunteer at a trail race
- Clean out basement and get rid of 90%
- Clean office and move stuff into the recently (above) cleaned out basement
- Refresh home computer, restore to factory settings, and reload my content (scary)
- Take newbie rads in group, individually, out for lunch, beer, or dinner
- Make some preventative health visits that I have been putting off More naps.
- Read two books per month (double current average)
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[PoF: I love the list, and I’ll be impressed if you can check off half of these items by the end of 2018. I know it was written earlier in the year and you’ve already checked at least a few boxes.
The good news is you don’t have to do it all in 2018 or 2019 and I’m sure you’ll continue to add to the list as time goes on. In his most recent book, Dr. Cory S. Fawcett claims that the state of “caught up” doesn’t exist. Dang!]
What’s one thing you would choose to do with an extra weekend this year?