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Thinking about taking a sabbatical? Here's what you need to know

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Thinking about taking a sabbatical? Here's what you need to know
What do you do when you're facing a hard issue at work? If you're like most people, your first instinct is probably to put your nose to the grindstone and get to it. But more work doesn't always equal better results. So here's another idea: Walk away. No, I'm serious.

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The sabbatical

The concept of the sabbatical has its roots in the Hebrew Bible. Every seven years, a sabbath year (rest) was commanded to give the land rest from agricultural activity.  

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Why you should take a sabbatical

One reason is that we take on more work than we can handle. We are too busy.

In spite of being too afraid of falling behind during a time of rest, a sabbatical can have a positive effect.

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Your purpose

A sabbatical is a chance to explore ideas related to your work. 

You need a strong reason to take one, especially if you have to sell your boss on the idea.

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Speak to your boss

Instead of complaining that you are burned out, talk to your boss about a sabbatical and explain what you are planning. Make sure you give an adequate amount of notice to all who will be affected.

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Sabbatical plan

  • A successful work sabbatical depends on pre-planning. Pick start and end dates and put them into your calendar. 
  • Get your financial situation in order. Sa...

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Adapt, if necessary

Sabbaticals are all about rejuvenating and exploring topics you’re deeply passionate about. 

If you are unable to take a long sabbatical, consider taking off one day a week, be unreachab...

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The sabbatical

Traditionally, a sabbatical involves a break from work, granted by your employer, and after taking a mutually agreed-upon amount of time off, you return to your work. 

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Reasons for a sabbatical

A sabbatical is a chance to readjust, refocus, and get refreshed for the next phase of your life.

Contemplating a leave

  1. Save as much money as possible in advance. 
  2. Find a support system. Self-doubt or criticism from others could prevent you from taking a sabbatical.

Have a Good Reason

You need a good reason for your time off. 

It could be doing something on your bucket list, like volunteering or teaching, or doing a crash course in a new skill.

Question Yourself

Running off to treat your workplace burnout might not be the best solution. Ask yourself first if your work is fulfilling. If not, it is better to try and find something else first, then take some time off before you start a new position. 

Check Your Company Policy

Before you plan a sabbatical, check with your HR department to see what the policy is regarding extended breaks.

Many organizations allow workers a certain amount of unpaid leave.

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Modern Sabbaticals

Traditionally, a sabbatical is a period of paid or unpaid leave that is granted to an employee so that they may study or travel.

A modern sabbatical is no longer defined as the absence of wor...

Write a novel

You will have a lot of time on your hands to consider the creative ideas in your mind.

Write it down and self publish. Share your knowledge and your narrative with the world.

Start a side hustle

Do you have a skill that you would like to improve?

You could use your sabbatical to start a client base for consulting work and build your portfolio while making a profit.