Posted by: Susan Gaddis | July 1, 2010

5 Questions to Consider When Planning a Sabbatical

What does one do on a sabbatical? What do you want to accomplish during your time away from work? Here are 5 questions from Robert Levine’s book, Power Sabbatical, to help you determine your goals when planning a sabbatical.

1. Do you have weaknesses you would like to work on during your sabbatical?

2. Do you want to start or finish a personal project during a sabbatical?

3. How would you like your life to have more meaning? What kind of practical steps would you take on sabbatical to start making this happen?

4. If you were told you only had one year to live, what would you do?

5. What causes you to pause and reflect when reading, watching a movie, or speaking to people? What causes you to picture yourself differently?

These are only a few of the questions whose answers can help you plan your sabbatical. The last thing you want to feel when you go back to work is that you wasted your time away. Be wise. Think through your options and desires. And—happy planning!



  1. – just found your blog
    – thanks for your thoughtful writing
    – I’ve added a link to your blog to my list of sabbatical blogs at

    happy trails,


  2. Thanks for the gracious comments, Kurt. I also added your site to my blog roll. I liked the variety of posts concerning sabbaticals and I’ll look forward to recommending it to others.

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