I just signed the papers to reduce my work assignment to 75%, effective March 1. Had originally planned to work 100% until I turned 60, but I didn't even make it to 55. My pension is going to take a beating, but I got to the point where every 5-day work week was a grind, for month after month. Taking the 25% pay cut isn't the easiest thing to do, but we think we can get by. If it turns out that we can't, there's a very good chance I can bump it back to 90% or 100%.
I will be working 15 days out of every 20 normal work days. So that's 25% fewer days at work.
And where I would normally have 8 days off out of every 4 weeks, I will now have 13 days off. So that's 62.5% more days for riding (or hiking or whatever).
So I'm waiting anxiously for March. Days getting longer & warmer, and now much more time off. Not so much nicer & warmer that I'll get much chance to get out for a few more weeks, but hopefully there will be the occasional decent (40 & dry) day to ride.