One Month Sabbatical: I’m Taking May Off From Writing | James Clear

One Month Sabbatical: I’m Taking May Off From Writing

As regular readers know, I believe that creative genius reveals itself when you show up consistently, put in enough repetitions, and focus on the system rather than the goal. This is one of the main reasons why I have published a new article nearly every Monday and Thursday since November 12, 2012.

But I also believe in balance, rejuvenation, and the importance of play and having fun. Recovery is non-negotiable. And for that reason, I’m choosing to take a sabbatical from writing during the month of May.

This is the fourth time I’ve done this. I usually take one break around May or June and one break during December. My strategy of taking one month off every summer and winter means that I have about 16 percent unstructured time each year (2 months out of 12). This is similar to the policies of other very successful businesses like 3M (15 percent free time), Google (“20 percent time” policy), and Treehouse (4-day workweek). The 3M policy famously led to the invention of the Post-It Note and Google claims that their policy has led to major projects like Google AdWords and GMail.

With that said, I want to say that it is truly a privilege to write for you and I want you to know that I will be spending part of this sabbatical thinking about how I can raise the quality of my writing to a higher level. In the meantime, feel free to browse my best articles.

And wherever you are in the world, I hope you find some time this month to balance yourself and insert play and discovery into your life.

Thanks for reading. See you in a few weeks.