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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 work. It can be defined as an active pursuit of purpose.
If the nature of your industry is causing daily stress or you're putting in 80-hour weeks, and you still can't manage to complete your work, it might be worthwhile to change companies or careers. And that is fine.
Think about what you want your life to look like in a few years. Consider how you would feel if nothing changed.
To prevent a future burnout, when searching for a new position, consider the following: