21 Steps to More Leisure — and Less Labor — in Your Life

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The average American should expect to live about 78.8 years, or 41,417,280 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you’re lucky, you’re going to spend about one-third of those minutes sleeping. With those that remain, the idea is to spend as many as possible doing what you want to do and as few as possible doing what you have to do.

How do you maximize leisure minutes and minimize labor minutes? In the short term, you work smarter, not harder. In the longer term, you become financially independent at the earliest possible time.

Following are some proven techniques that will help you spend more of your remaining minutes at leisure. Some are things that will help you find more leisure time immediately. Others will help you make that leisure time permanent.

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