Help me be lazy
July 10, 2011 1:37 PM Subscribe
I would like to limit my working time to 20-25 hours per week, and spend the rest of my time as a flaneur. How can I do this?
I'm one of the least professionally ambitious people I know. For the last 2+ decades I've spent a lot of time obsessively trying to figure out what I should do for a career, and have finally figured out that my "career" is not something I really care about. What I'd really like to do, I've realized, is limit myself to part-time work and spend the rest of my time doing whatever the hell I feel like doing. I'm not a total bump on a log, and "freedom" for me would most likely entail plenty of time to read, stroll about, garden, exercise, volunteer, and in general just exist.
Hah. So, my question for you is, how in the #%$ to actually pull this off? I am no stranger to living frugally, but have estimated that I would need to make at *least* $25 an hour, after taxes, in order to set my grand scheme into motion. (I live in the midwest with my partner and don't plan to have kids. And I'm no financial genius, so I'm probably missing some big expense that would set that amount even higher.)
The trouble is, I don't believe that I have any actual skills that would allow me to find part-time employment that would pay that much. For the last ten years I've worked full-time as a public reference librarian. While this field is admirable, I'm also a little burnt out. I have no special aptitude in any of the fields that people usually make a lot of money in (finance, medicine, computers). I've considered copywriting but a very large part of me is skeptical that this field pays as much as all the internet people say it does. Am I missing anything? I have a BA in English and a Master's degree in Library Science. I've somewhat resigned myself that this may have to stay just a lovely pipe dream, but would be thrilled to learn of options to make it more than that.