Monday, August 12, 2013


So, since I turned in my annual evaluation file on Friday, I'm counting today as the first true day of my year-long sabbatical.

You'd think this would fill me with joy and peace, but instead, I'm feeling anxious.  Big surprise, eh?

Mostly, I'm worried that I won't get done what I want to get done, and paradoxically, that I'll be so caught up either in working or in worrying about working that I won't actually relax and enjoy the time.  After all, the whole purpose of a sabbatical is to renew and recharge.  The term comes from the same root as "Sabbath," as in, a day of rest after six days of work.  Only here, it's a rest after six years of work.

My other concerns have to do with time sucks that I need to avoid, since they're generally not good either for working or genuinely relaxing:  housework and Facebook, I'm looking at you.

Anyway, I'm going public with these anxieties so that I know that I'm accountable to you, loyal reader--and to ask whether you have any suggestions about maintaining a reasonable balance between productivity and relaxation.  What do you do to stay focused?  What kinds of things keep you on track toward a goal?  Do you have a regular daily schedule that you follow, or do you go as the spirit moves you (or some hybrid of the two)?

Stay tuned for updates...

1 comment:

pam said...

Let go and enjoy the ride. We all have far less control of the future than we care to admit especially the Hathaways who need to be anxious about every unknown. Looking at myself here. xo