This mini "sabbatical" turned out to be just what the doctor ordered as I now feel fresh and ready to roll. During the week off, I was stockpiling new ideas, evaluating my reasons for blogging and I felt (happily) detached from my stats or anything related to Typepad (sorry guys).
Taking a sabbatical accomplishes three things:
- it sets aside time for you. As Tony Robbins puts it, "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." A sabbatical gives you permission to take a break and recharge the batteries.
- it helps you detach. Whenever your blogging, working, whatever- is stressing you out, detach by focusing on something else. You may not be able to take a sabbatical totally from work but you can work differently or change your habits for a period of time. For example, if work is really getting the best of you, give yourself a week to adjust your hours and reconfigure how you do what you need to do at work.
- it challenges your motivations. I've blogged before about the purpose of blogging and surprisingly, my motivations are the same: because I can and because it stretches me in good ways. A challenge is made to be embraced, not avoided.
If there is something in your life that needs a "pause" for a week or more, take a sabbatical from it and enjoy the results.