Why Taking a Sabbatical Makes Sense

For the past month I had been feeling somewhat frazzled and decided to take a week off from blogging.  I emailed some blogging friends and asked for their prayers.   

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.