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Tomorrow, I take a purposeful week off. It’s my second break since starting Small Scale Sabbaticals. Every 7th week, I take the week off to rest, recharge, and pursue my secondary passions.

I apply myself fully to whatever I’m doing which means when I’m working, I’m working hard. I realized if I was ever going to rest, I’d have to be just as intentional about my breaks. Focused work time. Focused break time.

I plan to continue taking every 7th week off and making sabbaticals an integral part of my routine. During my sabbatical, I take a break from my regular commitments and output. I don’t record podcasts with Ben and I don’t shoot any seanwes tv videos.

Look, I don’t care if you stub your toe and loose a four-letter exclamation. Unexpected pain, knee-jerk reaction, it’s on the tip of your tongue—I get it.

But professional profanity is a whole other ordeal.

Preconceived projections are what I’m talking about here. Blog posts, tweets, speeches, books; they’re all produced with forethought.

You plan out what you post, you prepare what speak, you have all the time in the world before your press publish, and yet you choose to curse intentionally.

When it comes to thinking of a concept or approach for a design project, it’s not all that hard to have a first idea. In fact, just about everyone does. When you hold a word association experiment, you find that when given a specific word or concept, people largely think of many of the same  Continue Reading »