Tag: Negotium

Now and Later

As I mentioned previously, I've been working a ton during these past few months, and the end seems far away. As a result, much of the COVID-19 pandemic to date has passed by in a blur. I've only vaguely registered that summer is ending and autumn is about to...

Work and Life: Blurred Lines

A colleague recently remarked that “we aren’t working from home, we are living at work.” Similarly, several articles have noted that during the COVID-19 era, workdays in the United States and several other countries, including France, Spain, and the United Kingdom, have increased by several hours a day. That’s...

I Am Not (Only) a Tool

A hammer exists to hammer things. When it's not being used, it just sits there, available for someone to pick it up. To the extent anyone gives it a second thought at all, a hammer is generally viewed through the perspective of how well it performs a limited set...

Becoming Like Water

It used to annoy me endlessly to receive a work assignment during evenings or weekends. Often, as I was working, I would daydream about a hypothetical future where I had quit my job and off-hour obligations were a thing of the past. But, after the past weekend...

Avoiding Going the Wrong Way

I recently received an email from someone looking to hire the head attorney for an early-stage company. Normally, I wouldn't give headhunter emails much thought, but this email came from the experienced CEO of a fast-growing startup that's backed by an impressive list of investors....

What I Talk About When I Talk About Otium, Part 2

In Part 1, I previously wrote about self-explanatory, easily describable things that I want more, less and none of in life (such as more free time and less looking at a screen). In Part 2, I explore more abstract ideas, concepts and goals....

What I Talk About When I Talk About Otium, Part 1

I'm still figuring out what living my best life means. That said, I feel like I know enough to know that I'm not currently living it. That's because tomorrow, like today, I will go to work...

Should I Quit Now or Later?

These days, I often think about how much longer I should (and can) stay at my current job. Staying would certainly help my goal of pursuing otium and financial independence. But at what cost? Is financial independence worth sticking it out for a few more years, or should I...

Are We There Yet?

Not yet. And, since we're here, I might as well define "there," so we know where we're going...

The Last Days of Negotium

The title of this blog is inspired by an idea from the ancient Greeks and Romans two millenia ago. Namely, that the desired state of humanity is otium, a Latin word that refers to "leisure" time or, more precisely, being in control of one's own time....