I don't think I knew just how focused I was on my FIRE date until I started actively trying to not think about it. Since adopting the "set it and forget it" approach to money, I have noticed that I think about FIRE all the time.
Waking up in the morning: "In ten years, I won't have to set an alarm clock."
Seeing a difficult patient: "After I FIRE, I won't have to see any patients at all."
Editing trainee dictations: "I hate my life! Woe is me! This is the worst thing ever!"
(Also..."I will never have to edit another poorly written trainee dictation after I retire.")
It's...sad. Here I am doing what I have trained most of my adult life to do, and I'm dreaming of what comes next. And it isn't because I hate my job; it's because I have this idea that retirement is going to be so much better. I've internalized the belief that work is just something you do to earn money before you can quit.
I'm trying really hard to stop. Any time I catch myself thinking "I just earned enough to not have to work for three days", I am pausing, noticing the thought, and letting it go. I'm trying to mentally be here, now, instead of when I retire in ten (or more) years. Because constantly resenting the now and dreaming of later doesn't make anything better.