Magazine article The National Public Accountant

Clarity Quest, How to Take a Sabbatical without Taking More Than a Week Off

Magazine article The National Public Accountant

Clarity Quest, How to Take a Sabbatical without Taking More Than a Week Off

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Written by Pamela Ammondson, President of Ammondson Communications

ISBN #0-684-86320-0

Published by Simon & Schuster, 1999

Reviewed by Michael E. Kaup, Kaup Bookkeeping

How many of us have the luxury of being able to take a one-year sabbatical where we just sit back, take stock of where we have been, and where we are going with our lives? The author guides us through a seven week course of re-evaluating our life, readying us for the final one week period where we take a break from life and produce meaningful goals for our future. No, you do not have to quit work or become a hermit for these weeks. The agendas shown for these simple life changes can be easily worked into your current daily schedule.

How many of us, especially in our profession as accountants, have the time and energy to fully set goals? Here we find away to gently take time from our busy lives to take care of ourselves first and set those goals in our life.

First, visualize a pyramid. This is the structure that our final one week sabbatical is based upon.

In the bottom third of the pyramid, we start the process of what the author calls, "Base Camp Training." Here we find all those simple maxims such as getting a good night's sleep, understanding our own finances, feeding our bodies properly, and revitalizing our bodies with simple exercises. How often do you go to bed at night and find that you cannot forget the problems from that day's work? Those problems rob you of the important sleep time that re-energizes the human body. …

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