Time off.

I just watched this ted talk by Stefan Sagmeister:

He espouses how the practice of sabbaticals taken regularly throughout your working career increase your overall productivity.

I couldn’t agree more.

In fact I would go FURTHER than that. He has a great graphic where he takes 5 years from his retirement and spreads them out through his working life, but my question is what about the other direction?

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Why do all your learning from ages 0 - 25, why not do what seems to have been my experience (and others I know) and take 7 years from your educational career and spread them over the course of your working life? Then for example you could work for three years, take one year out for education, work for another 3 years and then take another year out on sabbatical, this seems like a far more sensible way of proceeding through life.

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One Response to “Time off.”

  1. Tristram Shepard says:

    The concept of ‘Lifelong Learning’ in education remains poorly understood - it involves a lot more than adult evening classes and the Open University. There’s a few other things that need changing too! The approach to education in the UK has for much too long been a futile attempt to turn the clock back to a highly romanticised view of the ‘Glittering Prizes’ of academia. You might find my ‘Going for Gold’ post of interest!

    http://tristramshepard.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/41/

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