Work Benefits of Taking a Sabbatical

Taking a sabbatical doesn’t have to mean tuning out entirely. In fact, we may find ourselves refocusing the energy normally channelled into work into a philanthropic project or to learning a new skill.

Whether we're swapping morning meetings for mountain biking or mindful meditation, travel in all forms broadens the mind and inspires us in myriad ways. From appreciating the joy of simplicity in rural life to experiencing a wealth of culture and history in ancient cities, these skills, challenges and experiences transcend the personal to enrich our professional lives too, letting us bring new perspectives and ideas into the workplace. MD of Personal Career Management Corinne Mills suggests: 'Taking time out to study, learn a new skill or try some interesting experiences can be positively life-changing, both professionally and from a personal point of view. Stepping off the treadmill of work enables you to think about what you really want to do with the rest of your career, and life.'

No matter what you do as a day job, we've all experienced the benefit of seeing things through a different lens. Sometimes when we're caught up in the moment of a project, we forget exactly what we're doing and why we're doing it. We often look to an outsider for an objective point of view, but a sabbatical allows you the emotional and physical space to be that outsider yourself.

Who am I? What do I want? Why do I want it? How can I make it happen? Very important questions, but ones that can get lost in the day-to-day doing of life. If we only have a limited amount of energy and we've already used up a hefty portion running a business/team/project; or on our commute; or on politics at work; or the general daily grind, how can we be expected to have the time, energy and space to see the bigger picture? Viewing the world from another perspective can make us realise we want something totally different - a complete career change - or maybe it will make us appreciate what we already have and renew our passion for it. Either way, we'll have more clarity and be making more informed decisions.

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