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The New Meaning Of Sabbatical

A sabbatical is no longer just logging off from work or taking a vacation. Instead of being absent from work, sabbaticals are now an active pursuit of purpose.

Modern-day sabbaticals have the employee taking time off on company expenses to do something for social welfare (like helping an environmental company), pursue a skill development course, or travel the world to gain perspective.

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Vacations Are Out Of Fashion
  • Vacations aren’t what they used to be.
  • Social media, email and business communication services like Slack make it harder for working professionals to be disconnected even outside of working hours.
  • Apart from Blackberry phones which started this always-connected trend, we have ourselves to blame as we don’t understand or realize how important a sabbatical, or a purposeful, year-long disconnection from work to do something else, is to our health and productivity.

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  1. Write a book and publish it for free on Amazon Kindle.
  2. Start a consulting side-hustle, provided the work does not clash with your current job profile.
  3. Do volunteer work.
  4. Seek higher education, like an accelerated MBA program or an e-course. You could even listen to podcasts and set up your own, going wherever your curiosity takes you.
  5. Pick an unreachable goal that you could never have done due to lack of time or resources. Get out of your comfort zone and grow taller.
  6. Pick a contractual working assignment outside your field that requires travelling to different cities or countries.

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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 work. It can be defined as an active pursuit of purpose.

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How Remote Work Became Possible
  • Computers and the internet have made remote work a common arrangement, and this is a recent phenomenon. PC and internet access changed the shape of work in an unimaginable way, and the technical advances of the 90s, which was the Information Technology revolution, offices started using networked PCs and embraced e-mail.
  • As the millennium happened, broadband access became cheaper, and a cheap audio communication software was released in 2003, which was called Skype, which evolved into video conferencing later, helping people connect professionally in a remote setting.

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Tips For Finding The Right Goals
  • Listen to your discontent. It tells you when something is wrong. And that could be the thing you need to correct.
  • Combine it with something that inspires you to create change. Find something you truly believe in, because the process won’t always be fun and easy.
  • If you want a meaningful life, you have to do new things and fear inevitably comes with that.
  • List and estimate what’s necessary to achieve your goals.
  • Divide your goals into smaller ones and address them one at a time. This gives you a better sense of progress and it keeps you motivated.

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