I’m back from a two-week break in which I did zero writing and engineering work, but I’m pretty stoked to fire off this newsletter and looking forward to a few other itches I’ve been wanting to scratch.
New year, new things to be excited about.
Let’s hit it.
Sabbaticals can profoundly change your life.
During this year’s holiday break (about two weeks for me) I chose to take a sabbatical and not work on anything I normally would have. No writing, no tweeting, no technical reviews.
The thought of taking two weeks off and being forgotten amongst the crowd kinda terrified me, but that’s how I knew it might be worth it.
Here’s what I did and how it went.
While most online entrepreneurs kept tweeting and hustling, I:
I really f*cking enjoyed my time off. Also:
‘Sabbatical’ comes from the word Sabbath meaning ‘day of rest’, and though I definitely got plenty of that, I was kinda shocked at how well things turned out.
It was like pressing the refresh button at the top of my browser. By engaging in new and sometimes uncomfortable activities, I forced my brain to think differently. I’ve already noticed more creativity in how I’ve been solving problems, and I can tell just from writing this newsletter that my brain is operating better than before.
But above all, I gave my mind a rest from all the go-go-go of modern society and just let it do its thing for a while. My god, what a difference two weeks off makes.
100% will be doing this every year.
That said, I’m glad to be back. Let’s get it…together.