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13 Essential Tips for Taking a Sabbatical

Keep in Touch

While on our sabbatical, keep in touch with your workplace. Offer to help out with anything if they need you to. Make sure you stay visible. Arrange a hand-back-to meeting before you go.

You could even keep them up to date with your experiences while you're traveling.

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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.

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.

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.
The email hibernation experiment

The email experiment works as follows:

  • No logging in to any primary email accounts for the entire month.
  • Setting up automatic forwarding to an assistant to ensure nothing urge...
Email is addictive

According to a 2018 survey, the average creative professional spends 5.6 hours per day checking email.

Once you make up your mind to make the mail app less accessible, it is much easier to give up email. Leave the phone outside the bedroom to help build resilience to the email habit.

Most emails aren't important

Most emails are of little value. We often remember the extraordinary, like the once-in-a-lifetime invitation, but not the ordinary - that possibly only three percent of emails are worth reading.