What are the most common mistakes people on sabbatical make?
- Don’t try to do too much.
- Ask the big questions.
- Make a plan.
- Follow through.
Most Common Mistakes People on Sabbatical Make
Are you thinking of taking significant time away from work? You might need a sabbatical. However, there are some pitfalls you need to avoid. In today’s TIPS, Sabbatical Specialist Lyndall Farley talks about the most common mistakes people on sabbatical make.
Those who have travelled or went on vacation (which, I assume, is all of us) will be familiar with this first common mistake. People on a break often try to do too much. Instead of taking a thoughtful pause to recharge and refocus, many of us jampack our schedules. People on sabbatical tend to fill their days with everything they’ve ever wanted to do. Lyndall Farley calls it a “tickbox mentality.” People on sabbatical often forget to slow down. A sabbatical is not about what you do, but how you do it. So, give yourself time to recharge and just be. If not, you might come back even more exhausted than when you left.
A sabbatical is also meant to be a time for asking yourself some big questions. It’s one of the things that makes it different from a vacation. There are issues you need to confront, the reasons why you left in the first place. Are you suffering from burnout? Do you need a career change? Do you still want to live in Australia or you want to move elsewhere? Are you still happy with the job you’re going back to? Don’t run away from these questions. A sabbatical is meant to be a relaxed and centered time for introspection. Make good use of it.
Then, when you’re just about done with your sabbatical, make a plan. Figure out how to begin implementing the change you wish to see in your career. A sabbatical can’t be a success without a resolution. Finally, one big mistake people on sabbatical make is not following through. Sure, you can create a plan. But it all depends on how you act on it once you come back.
You can avoid the biggest mistakes people on sabbatical make by simply giving yourself the time and space to re-center and realign. Good luck on your journey!
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