Have you ever heard of ‘The 7th Week’ or of Small Scale Sabbaticals?
The first I’d heard of it was when my Karl heard a story about it on the radio or podcast. We talked about it while making dinner, as I was sharing that I had yet another long night of work ahead of me. I’d begun suffering from the most intense bought of burn out I’ve experienced thus far in my life and it sounded interesting, but impractical.
I’ve been through the time management courses, participated in the balancing lifestyle programs, mastered the organizational tools that planning systems have to offer, and I’ve become very talented in maintaining a hectic and full list of obligations. It’s no different than what you, Kind Reader, and others who are burning the candle at both ends feel when the wick is growing short.
I’ve even sat thru seminars where it was warned that to prevent burnout, one needs to play as much as they work. Typically I’d think to myself ‘Yeah, yeah, as soon as I get my ToDo list under control.’ (Hint, that’s never going to happen.)
The next time I heard about it was during a conversation with Kristin (Pssst – in case you didn’t know it, she’s the Founder of the Scoop Network, of which Farming Fort Collins is a part of). In talking with her about it, she emphasized the importance of taking time off and ‘unplugging’ to recover and reclaim peace of mind and body.
The very first time I tried anything like this was a little more than 7 weeks ago, and it was a rocky hot mess of a week. I’ve grown so used to ‘pushing through the Wall’, that I’d forgotten how to relax, how to enjoy the quiet pleasure of reading a book for fun, or of turning off the computer and walking away.
My 7th week break begins today, and I’ll admit that I’ve been looking forward to it – and as challenging as it is going to be for me (I’m still working on how to ‘not’ work), I’m going to take full advantage of it.
Not to worry, I’m not going anywhere and I’ve several pieces that I’ve been working on, and I look forward to sharing them with you when I return in a little more than a weeks time.
Until then, I invite you to read about the 7th week for yourself, and see if it’s something that you can fit into your routine – and I fully recognize that not everyone is able to, but even a day off now and again just for yourself is a much needed change of pace.
Until next time, my knees will be green, and my spirit lighter – I wish you the same.