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I was so burned out, I didn’t even know I was burned out until six months after the fact. That’s a story for another day, but I’ll tell you this much: burnout isn’t pretty.

You can’t afford burnout.

  • You think you’re saving time by pushing yourself.
  • You think you’re preventing problems by overworking.
  • You think you’re getting more done by grinding harder.

But the time you will lose by being burned out is a million times worse than the time you think you’ll lose now.

In 2014, I started taking Seventh Week Sabbaticals.

I work six weeks and take off every seventh week. I also pay my employees to take off every seventh week. We don’t have “unlimited time off”, we have mandatory time off.

It is my mission, by 2047, to get every company in the world to pay their employees to take off every seventh week.

That’s the goal with my next book: Seventh Week Sabbatical.

Read my next book as it’s being written at sabbatical.blog.

Highlights, Takeaways, & Quick Wins:
  • Sabbaticals will help you make more money, feel more rested, do better work, be happier, have better relationships, and prevent burnout.
  • If you’re asking, “What are the signs of burnout?” then you’re probably already burned out.
  • You think you can’t afford to slow down and take a break, but really, you can’t afford burnout.
  • Rest prevents burnout, allows you to recover, makes you stronger, and sustains good work over a long period of time.
  • Margin isn’t the absence of an event, margin is an event.
  • Margin is not a luxury.
  • You need margin to be able to evaluate the routines and processes you have in place.
  • The #1 rule of sabbaticals: don’t schedule anything for the sabbatical. This idea is to create freedom from obligation. This gives the ability to say yes to anything you want while you’re on it.
  • You don’t know how much you need rest until you give yourself the opportunity to rest.
  • Anyone can take sabbaticals. If you think you don’t have time, take a moment to think about where your time is going and reclaim it.