I often wonder what makes perfectly normal folk ditch high paying jobs and go on a sabbatical. But then I think about the choices I’ve made, and I realise that I have actually done the same! But I didn’t ditch a high paying job, just a secure job, to head backpacking around Asia.
What was my motivation?
I’d been working a few years, decided I’d be working forever, needed more of a balance and that before I got stuck into my real life career for the rest of my life, I wanted to have a little break to figure out what path I wanted to take. And truthfully, to chill out on a beach for a while.
Here’s the top tips I learned. I’m keeping it short!
1. You’re never to old or young to try something new
Whether you’ve been slogging away in university and are heading off for the summer, or in a dead end job and not clear what you want your next move to be, then maybe it’s time to take some time out. You might be 22 or 32, don’t worry about it. It will all work out in the end so take a chance.
2. Time out gives your head space to figure out
Ever go on holiday and come back all refreshed and gong ho about what you want out of life? Well it’s the same with taking a sabbatical. You see, when you’re on the treadmill of work and living, like a proper adult, sometimes it’s hard to take time out to actually figure out what you want to do.
Having a bit of time and space with no particular agenda can do that, and what better way to think about what you want to do then lying on a beach in Thailand.
3. Plan well
Plan your time out and use it well. You may not get the opportunity again as you never know where your future will take you. If you are ditching your job, make sure you save enough money before you hit the wall and pack it all in. Make an absolute plan of how long you want to be off and how much you money you will need to keep you going. It may not be the life of luxury you’re used to, but the truth is, we all don’t actually need too much. Here’s a nice quote from here.
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