Download: MP3 (11.7 MB)

I started taking off every seventh week in 2014 as a sabbatical.

The only reason I followed through with it is because I told people I was going to do it. I was public about the fact that I was going to try out this sabbatical idea I had.

Committing publicly is actually what got me to follow through with taking a sabbatical (I might not have otherwise).

Sabbaticals are the topic of my next book. My next book is called Seventh Week Sabbatical. I was writing the book offline, but I thought, “You know what? If I get hit by a bus, I want at least part of these ideas to be out there.”

So I decided to write the book in public on a new website at (there’s also a separate email newsletter there if you want to get notified of updates).

My mission: By 2047, I want every company in the world to pay their employees to take off every seventh week as a sabbatical.

In today’s episode, I share a clip of an interview I did with Brent Weaver on his podcast, The Digital Agency Show, where we talked more about sabbaticals and preventing burnout (spoiler: Brent committed to scheduling his sabbatical on the recording!). If you want to hear the full conversation, you can check out his podcast for more.