Case Khor

Destroy Today: Lessons learned on a 3‑month sabbatical

Jonnie:

After a week without work, however, I felt fully rested and ready to dive back in. The most surprising and unexpected realization to come out of this sabbatical is that I didn’t need three months—I didn’t even need one. I know now that a single week is all I need to reset after a long sprint. I could’ve returned to work early, but I refrained from doing so. I forced myself to take more time off, as if it were mandatory.

I also forced myself to say no to any client gig that came my way, no matter how tempting the opportunity—I simply said I was on sabbatical. Instead of worrying about missing out, I felt empowered. I had a confindence and restraint that I don’t think I’ve ever had since I started freelancing.

I’ve learnt to turn down client work, but I haven’t quite figured out how to turn down myself. I’m looking forward to a forced break where I don’t just stop all work, I stop thinking about work.

Jonnie’s returned from his sabbatical to focus on a new self-initiated project Cushion, and he’s keeping a public journal (common) and record of expenses for all to see (radical?).