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Are you planning on taking a sabbatical soon? Make it more than just a holiday!

Munira Rangwala
27th Oct 2017
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Are you up for a sabbatical from work? Are you wondering how to make the most of your upcoming work hiatus? If yes, this article is just for you. A sabbatical usually represents tranquility and calm. However, most people don't know what to do when they find themselves free for more than two days in a row. If you're such a person, here are a few tips that will help you enjoy your sabbatical and make it productive at the same time:

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Learn something new

Have you always wanted to learn to play the guitar? Have you wanted to take ballet lessons for a long time now? An individual's learning curve often suffers when he/she gets caught up in corporate life. A sabbatical is a fantastic opportunity to learn something new by pursuing a hobby. If you're planning to stay put in your hometown for the entire duration of your sabbatical, you might as well use this opportunity to do something that catches your fancy and make new friends while you're at it.

Travel abroad

If you have funds at your disposal, use your sabbatical to travel and settle abroad for the duration of your extended leave. Get out of your comfort zone by taking on a new set of tasks in an unknown city. You can even choose to volunteer in an NGO abroad. You don't necessarily have to climb mountains or be adventurous to push your limits. You simply have to be willing to try something new to add value to your life.

Give back to your community

It's always a good feeling to give back to the community that's given you so much. Pick a cause you're passionate about. If you like having greenery around you, plant some trees in your neighbourhood. If you want to help children with learning disabilities, volunteer your services to a special school. A sabbatical is a great time to give wings to your altruistic side.

Meet people

If you haven't had the time to catch up with old friends due to work commitments and hectic schedules, use your sabbatical to reconnect with them. A sabbatical is a great window to spend quality time with people who matter to you – from your spouse and children to your friends and family. You can even use this stint to meet new people and expand your network.

Get fit

Your fitness routine is bound to falter when you are holding a full-time job. However, if you want to enjoy your life for many more years to come, you need to take care of your heath. Use your sabbatical to get fit. Whether it is going for a run every morning or joining yoga classes, pick one activity that will help you get into shape and stay that way.

Your sabbatical will be over before you know it. Use the above-mentioned five tips to make it a productive one and create memories.

Read Also: How a long sabbatical can give your career a fresh start

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