Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing
Sabbaticals and Slowbaticals (Episode 241)

Sabbaticals and Slowbaticals (Episode 241)

Topics We Explored:

  • Why it’s important for founders, business owners, and entrepreneurs to consider a sabbatical or a “slowbatical”

  • This means offering yourself a time to slow down, recover, and recharge from career stresses

  • How as a society we have reached a critical point where many people are near imminent burnout

  • The cost of burnout to you, your clients, your employees, and your bottom line

  • Why, if you’re thinking, “I can’t do that,” then this episode is especially for you

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Episode Timestamps

[2:56] When reflecting on this episode, Angela realized she and Charlie continued to have the “burnout” discussion without ever taking a break to recharge.

[7:41] What is a slowbatical? And why it’s more attainable than a true sabbatical.

[9:59] So many of us have reached a tipping point where today’s pace is driving us to burnout on a detrimental scale.

[10:42] One positive of the pandemic is we have begun talking more about burnout and the need for slowing down; even though it was at a tipping point before COVID-19.

[12:48] When we talk about burnout, most people think about being incapacitated but there are levels of burnout. Oftentimes, it’s more gradual than a dramatic implosion.

[14:53] Rather than waiting for a falling out, it’s best to plan for what to do if there is burnout.

[16:06] The OEN April panel discussion spared an important issue which is why there is so much pressure and threat of burnout on founders and small business owners, especially.

[23:55] It’s okay to recognize what role privilege plays in the need for sabbaticals and slowbaticals without discounting the importance.

[27:07] While this episode has an emphasis on founders, it is just as important for those with side hustles or traditional jobs to allow themselves the mindset to slow down.

[30:24] There may be a cost to taking a break, but there will likely be a bigger cost to not taking one.

[34:48] What and when founders and business owners can plan for sabbaticals and slowbatticals.

[44:48] It’s time to stop saying, “I can’t” when it comes to sabbaticals and slowbaticals. And start asking, “Why?”

[46:15] The two questions you need to ask when thinking about a slowbatical are 1) What are you making space to do more of? 2) What are you making space from?

[49:00] Time and time again, people that take slowbaticals find that results remain relatively the same.

[54:15] Angela has not only helped clients and seen their growth with slowbaticals but she’s also had to examine and struggle with this in her own life.

Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing (formerly the Creative Giant Show) explores how to do the work that matters to become your best self in the world. Host Charlie Gilkey and occasional co-host Angela Wheeler take listeners on a deep dive into the lives of leaders, changemakers, creatives, and entrepreneurs who are thriving in life and business by doing work that matters. Listen in to see how they cultivate meaning, success, and happiness as well as their approach to productivity, business, health, and the challenges (yes, even the deep, dark ones) that show up in their lives.