How to Take a Sabbatical While Still Working
Some of these tips were recently featured on the Everup article 'How to Mimic a Sabbatical When Leaving Your Job Isn't an Option.' Read that article here: http://www.everup.com/2016/07/21/mimic-sabbatical-cant-leave-job/
Want the life-changing benefits of a sabbatical without the career-derailing effect it may have on your resume? Consider a 'working sabbatical' - taking a few months for self development while still working.
- Go on a media fast. This tip works two ways - by both finding extra time in each day and offering insight into how automatic social media interaction has become. Schedule a block of time every day where TV, computers and smartphones are turned completely off.
- Focus on one task at a time. Multi-tasking is ineffective, as anyone who ever jumped on the internet to check their email ‘really quick’ and found themselves surfing news websites a half hour later can attest. If other tasks come to mind while working on something, write them down on a to-do list and refocus on the current project.
- Slow down to the body’s rhythm. Busy-ness is rampant in America. It seems everyone has an overflowing inbox, pile of unread books on their nightstand and endless to-do list. Find a way to step away from the flurry of thoughts and into the peace of stillness by beginning a meditation practice. After a few minutes of silently watching the breath, obligations will still be waiting, but there may be an increased ability to focus on handling them with a new sense of calm and peace. If sitting still is difficult, try walking a labyrinth instead. A list of labyrinths can be found here: http://labyrinthlocator.com/
Kathleen Lisson is a certified Meditation Teacher and Labyrinth Facilitator and teaches Meditation and Mindfulness at IPSB college in San Diego. Sign up for a private meditation lesson in the comfort of your home here: https://www.massagebook.com/San_Diego~Massage~sandiego?src=external