A sabbatical

A sabbatical

Hi there.

Kieran here. How are you? I hope your weekend is off to a great start.

Weekends are, for the most part, for relaxing and unwinding. This means different things to different people. Some people like to get drunk. Others like to catch up on the TV they’ve missed during the week. A lot of people, including myself, use the weekend to take part in their hobbies.

A weekend has been specifically designed as a sabbatical from work. We (for the most part) get two days rest, away from our workplace. That this two day rest is being eroded for more and more people is already doing a lot of damage to our society – over-tired and over-stressed employees don’t do the best work they can while at work, but they also suffer in their regular lives as well.

Working with a rapidly growing web agency means that you are required to put in late nights and weekends, and I’m fine with that. I’m not only helping to grow the company I work with, but I’m also directly responsible for providing other businesses with the best possible platform from which to grow their own. This is why we love this job, right? At the same time, you do still need time to unwind, to relax and time away from your work life responsibilities.

Of late, I’ve not been able to find the kind of distance from my responsibilities as a digital project manager that I need to put the kind of time into other things I love doing. I’ve spent less time with my friends, my family, and myself.

I have published a new article every week for almost a year now, but where I was previously as regular as a bullet train with weekly newsletters and articles, I’ve recently let this slip. Spending my evenings and weekends either completely drained of mental energy, or continuing to work has left no space for anything else. There are three ways to approach this problem.

The first would be to quit my job and spend all my time on things I love. This is a terrible solution because then I have no job, and I love my job.

The second is to quit all of my hobbies and throw myself 24/7 into my job. This is also a terrible solution, because I will lose a chunk of myself if I force myself into being my job.

The third solution is the one I’m going with. I’ll work as much as I need to, and make sure I am giving my very best to my clients and the company I work with. To ensure balance, I’ll have to enjoy my hobbies in moderation. We can’t do everything all the time, but this is what I’ve been trying to do.

What I’m trying to say is, I have to prioritise my personal time, as well as my time at work. This website is one of my hobbies. I love writing about what I am learning and sharing this with you, but it takes a lot of effort. The only way I keep up a consistent schedule of posts is by having a lot of the articles prewritten, and right now I have a lot of ideas, but nothing to share. I need to spend some time writing things that are worthy of your attention.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be unwinding in the evenings and weekends by writing the very best articles I possibly can for you. This means there will be a few more weeks of no content from me, but when I return from this sabbatical from publishing I can guarantee it will be worth your time and attention.

In the meantime, feel free to reach out with any questions, suggestions, or anything else by hitting reply.

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll speak to you soon.

Kieran

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