Shifting From Work Mode to Sabbatical Mode
You're tempting me!
daaaaang what a beauuutiful article
I'm in a similar boat, so I really appreciate your framing. It's so tempting to want to categorize the day into neat little boxes of activity.
This makes a lot of sense and is just what I needed. Thank you Michelle!
I love you article! This article resonates a lot with my current situation - I'd love to connect and share experiences!
“For me, the hardest part was letting go of my ego. It was stressful but also a process I needed to go through. I didn’t realize how attached I was to my job title and the number of hours I got paid for. Removing those things forced me to reevaluate what was important to me.”
This para in particular spoke so well to the difference between what we tend to gravitate towards (what I want - a pay rise, a promotion) rather than what nourishes us (what I need).
Ahhh relatable content
I love the "up to snuff" hahaha! It's such a great point, this lesson that we aren't defined by work. Therefore the very definition of productivity changes. We don't need to be suffering to be productive. I resonate with that heavy feeling of productivity-lacking guilt. If only the "happiness trumps billable hours" mentality was wide spread wouldn't the world be a better place?
Wow. WOW. I think this is a great roadmap for anyone considering a voluntary or involuntary sabbatical. Your honest journey and realization that paid work is not the only way to define or reward us will bring great value to many.
I already know and have been working on issues with my ego. I already know I have issues with wanting to feel productive and not feeling valuable when I’m not productive. These feelings have happened even with a full time job!
How do you feel you were able to work on your mindset? Journaling? Therapy? These are the tools I’ve been using.