Linky Dinks: How to Take a Sabbatical

NO I AM NOT QUITTING ANY OF MY JOBS.

I repeat – this is not a herald of things to come.

However – I realize that there are people out there who maybe need to take a break from their jobs.  Maybe because their jobs are just not as awesome as mine is.  Or maybe because certain life events have changed their point of view.  Or maybe, or maybe, or maybe.  There are probably a million reasons to take a break from your professional life.  And, of course, Lifehacker gives you the plan to make it happen.

This isn’t “hey, here’s all the reasons why you should take a break from life.”  This is, essentially, “hey, here’s how to do it and not be a homeless bum.”  TO summarize: figure out the why, when, how, and what.  Figure out why you are choosing to take the sabbatical, plan when it starts and how long it will last, how to cover all your expenses while you are on your break, what you’ll do with all your new free time, and most importantly, how to exit the professional world and enter your sabbatical world.

Sure, there are some people out there who have pretty ridiculous and amazing jobs like myself, and there are even some people who have jobs that while they are not as exciting, are still pretty awesome.  And for some people, maybe they just need a break from the every day grind for longer than just the standard two weeks paid vacation per year.

That Lifehacker article is for those people, and if anyone reads it, gets inspired and embarks on a new life adventure, I will be so happy to know that I shared it with them.

Linky-Dinks: Lifehacker Helps You Get it Done

Ironically, I can waste a lot of time browsing Lifehacker’s website. However, I recently came across this one article that answers the question, “How can I stay motivated and finish my school work?” and simply had to share it with you all.

I know, I know, many of you who read this blog are long out of high school and college, but the guidance provided could easily be adapted to anyone in any work situation – even mine, with its crazy schedule!

The main points: take care of yourself – eat well, sleep enough; schedule your day better; know your learning style; play around with productivity styles; assess your level of burnout.  You might be thinking that, jeez, Miss Anna, this is all a lot of common sense.  But remember that time you stayed up all night to finish that term paper, and all you had to eat or drink was ramen noodles and coffee?  It sure seemed like a good idea at the time, but remember how you crashed out afterwards?  When you’re stressed out, you know you don’t make the best decisions for yourself.  They get you through a situation, but they may not have been the best means to an end.

Doing seemingly simple things like making sure your fridge is stocked with healthy snacks or scheduling  social events for yourself may seem like they won’t have that much of an impact on your work day, or that they may even take away from your work day, but in the long run, they are really gifts that you are sending to your future self to make sure that he or she is taken care of.  A healthy, well rested body can work more attentively.

Check out the whole article for TONS more information.  And be sure to check out some of the related articles as well.  You could read for hours on productivity methods.  Which.. again.. is just kind of ironic.

I was a busy little bee

(fun – and short – story: the title of this entry was almost “i was a busy little beet.”  you’re wondering why i didn’t keep it, and honestly, so am i. the end.)

A new feature that I wanted to add to my blog this school year was sharing more links.  I read a TON of blogs (though I already know I will probably only be sharing links to articles from only a handful) and want to share some of what I read.  My blogs are from all over the place, but I am going to try and pull them all back somehow to being creative, or being musical, or being with kids.  I hope you’ll indulge me, and I hope you’ll find these articles as interesting as I do.

There are a few articles, however, that I want to kick September off with.  One I had actually already read a few months ago, and then I stumbled onto it again.  How to Escape the Cult of Busy.  (see how I used the word “busy” in my title?  i’m ironic.)

This article, when I first read it, instantly struck a chord.  I so often just say that I am busy and leave it at that.  I don’t try and out-busy other people, and I am not just saying, ‘oh, I’m busy,’ to blow people off, though I am, more often than not, legitimately busy.  Sometimes I just try not to get into it because I don’t want to explain my job and random hours, and feel a little awkward telling my friends about children they’ll never meet, unless something truly exceptional and awesome has happened.  So it’s just easy to say that I’m busy.

But am I?  My work hours really are very random, so I probably have the same amount of free time as everyone else does, just in variously sized chunks spread out over my week.  It just seems like I’m busy because, oh, I technically have four jobs (if you don’t count being awesome, then i have five).  But my four jobs only bring me to about 50 hours worth of work each week, so I’m not really that much more busy than anyone else.  So this year I’ve decided to stop saying I’m busy.  I’m not busy.  At least, I’m no more busy than anyone else is.

Which brings me to these next two article.

Please Stop Complaining about how Busy You Are and also Busy is the new Lazy.

Please.  Everyone is busy.  It’s not just you.  If you’re lucky enough to have a job, then you’re just as busy as the rest of us (and I have a few friends who are unemployed at the moment, and they seem to be legitimately busy as well).  Maybe you are really busy.  But try to put it into perspective.  You know who’s really busy?  The president.  Are you as busy as he is right now?  Oh, you’re not?  That’s what I thought.  I don’t mean to be snarky about it, but I think a little perspective is in order.

Maybe you only seem really busy because you’re giving yourself reason to be busy.  Remember “busy work” from grade school?  Maybe you are giving it to yourself.  Maybe you should follow the tips in this article to figure out what you need to stop doing so you can be less stressed out at your job and in your life.  And if you think you’re really stressed out, then you should stop what you’re doing and read this article over at Lifehacker because while I am sure you know that stress is not a good thing, I’m not sure if you knew exactly how stress affected your body, and of course it’s not in a good way.

So hopefully this year you can be less “busy” and focus on getting better work done.  This is my wish for *myself* as well as for all of you out there.  And one last link for you all, what to do in some of the time you’ll be freeing up from your schedule: Nap.  The world could use some more naps.