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

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

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The sabbatical

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.  

Similarly, our minds need to rest to be able to continue to grow.

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Why you should take a sabbatical

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

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

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.

Interestingly, 23% of companies in the U.S now offer sabbaticals from work, including Adobe, Boston Consulting Group, Autodesk, and even The Cheesecake Factory.

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Sabbatical plan

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. Saving early is the best way to ensure financial stress doesn't interfere with your time off.
  • Bring in accountability partners and have them help you stay strong as your sabbatical start date comes up.

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Adapt, if necessary

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 unreachable one day a month, or disconnect for one hour a day.

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