This is definitely a possibility, and it's something I'm considering. I just need to make sure wherever I move to is a good fit for me, as being in a mismatched area would probably make things worse. I'm looking for something that has houses around $200k, is a decently sized city (maybe 50k-100k?), and has some good cultural resources. Something like a college town might be a good fit here.
Part of the problem is most of my NW is tied up in 401k/IRAs, so it's not immediately useful for drawing down. Nevertheless, moving to a LCOL area and doing something part time or similar is definitely an option. I need to start doing some research into areas.
@AxelHeyst - I completely understand where you're coming from here. I do think learning these other coping techniques (GTD, healthy lifestyle, etc) is still really important because it's something you can control, and it does help. I've fallen into the trap before of giving up on everything just because work sucks. But life is a marathon, not a sprint, and if those things help you, then they're still good. It's also a good attitude to have to attempt to try something, even if work is the main problem.
One problem I've had before is letting the depression-fatigue become so severe that I can no longer do those coping mechanisms, like GTD, exercise, etc, and that's when you run into some severe problems.
This is a good point, and you've stated in a clear way that I hadn't thought of before. I think this is actually why I enjoyed college so much--because you have a whole lot more freedom to set your own schedule. I was able to wake up, study when I wanted, work on personal projects when I wanted, and even choose some of the classes I got to take. When you contrast this with FT programming, where they tell you what to program, when to program, and how to do it, it's pretty obvious why I find it so hard to get motivated and why it drains my ability to do anything outside of work too.classical_Liberal wrote: ↑Wed May 13, 2020 1:58 pmWhat I notice in my off periods of semi-ERE is that the actions of completing these to-do lists of life maintenance-type stuff fundamentally changes with free time...Meaning that when you have the ability to choose certain times of day, or times of year, or certain moods to do things, it fundamentally changes the way in which you approach them (FYI this includes paid employment).
This is true, and it's making me reevaluate other times I've done this to myself. Maybe it's better to accept the fact I won't enjoy this type of work rather than beat myself up about how everyone else can do it but it just wears me down so much. I think I might need to work on letting myself feel how I feel then finding constructive ways to handle it.
Anyway, for now at least, I think I might attempt to go find a new job that lets me go fulltime remote. Half the problem with my current role is that all our QA staff quit, and instead of hiring new QA, management is just making the developers do testing. I absolutely loath QA work because it's infinitely boring and tedious, and it's exactly why I left my old job. Plus the technology we're using is 10-years-old .NET Framework MVC Windows mixed with internal libraries hell, and there's just no future in that because it's all dated or unique to this company.
The challenge here is that when I fall into this kind of job-induced funk, it becomes extremely difficult to do anything constructive outside of work. This is exactly what happened to me at my last job, and it's not a good place to be at all. I think I'm going to stop worrying about being laid off and instead redirect that energy into finding something else.