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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books; 1 edition (April 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825305640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825305641
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Sabbatical Sisters are four successful executives from diverse fields. After meeting, they discovered that they were all sabbatical veterans, and dubbed themselves the Sabbatical Sisters. They wanted to share the concept of rebooting your life with others, so they wrote a book. They hold retreats to help people plan and create support systems for taking a sabbatical.

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This book is really well-written - it's practical, thorough, logical, and really inspiring.
RD301
This is a superb book to help you find the precious time, space, and help to 'reboot your life'.
shelleyberc
If you don't wake up every morning looking forward to going to work...get a copy of this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca L. Nebesar on April 9, 2011
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"My good friend and I read most of it. We met for a "walk and talk" to discuss our reactions and had a very lively conversation. There is much good wisdom to be gleaned from the book - and inspiration too. Soul searching, planning, communication and having the guts to make a change are key if you want to achieve your dreams.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By shelleyberc on April 6, 2011
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This is a superb book to help you find the precious time, space, and help to 'reboot your life'. As the director of the Creativity Workshop, I come across so many people who yearn to weave the personal and the professional into a more energizing balance. Now that I have read this book, I am recommending it to all of them because it can really help people make the leap into more satisfying lives. One of the best things about the ideas and advice in Reboot Your Life is that they strike a really difficult balance between the pragmatic and inspirational--and they do it with such apparent ease. The other strength is that the authors know where of they speak--they have all done, in a variety of ways, the things they suggest their readers do. In addition to these merits, Reboot Your Life is a very entertaining and empowering read. You will feel as if the authors are speaking directly to you, second guessing fears and questions. This book has a quality that is most precious to me--a self help tome that doesn't sound like a how-to/cheerleading generic. It sounds like the voices of real people who have been through the nitty-gritty process of taking a sabbatical from their jobs in order to question and discover their needs, gifts, and aspirations. Reboot Your Life makes the magic question 'what if' into the realistic one of "why not?"
Shelley Berc, Director of the Creativity Workshop, New York
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter G. Buckley on April 3, 2011
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I found this to offer a very complete coverage of the topic. There's a chapter reviewing the types of sabbaticals, an extensive one on planning and helpful checklist at the end. It blends advice with many examples of real-life situations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Youngreader on June 21, 2011
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As a reader in my late twenties, I initially thought this book would have little relevance to me. After all, I've not really started my career, so I have no career burnout to recover from. As I read, however, I realized that in some ways the last decade has been a series of "reboot breaks," as I struggle to find my career in the first place. This book had some great insights on why to take a break, how to organize it, what challenges can arise to trip you up, and how to deal with them. I especially liked the attention devoted to retaining the benefits of a sabbatical after it is over, as well as planning for sabbaticals well in advance. By planning the sabbatical out well before you need it, you reduce the odds of hitting the crisis point that seems to have driven many of the book's case studies into sabbatical as a sort of last resort. Sort of preventative medicine. I'm now thinking of sabbaticals I plan to take at the ages of 40 and 50.
I noticed a lot of very topical references in the book, which do a great job of giving context to the readers (especially in light of the current economic climate and jobs market), but which might reduce its long-term appeal as those references become dated. Also, I would have enjoyed a little more attention to when not to take a break, as well as some more hard numbers describing the benefits/effects of taking a break. Finally, much of the information seemed to be drawn from and intended for white-collar professionals, rather than blue-collar workers who may benefit from sabbaticals as well but have to operate in a more modest scope. It might be interesting to see how the sabbatical can apply to this population as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Global Wanderer on August 9, 2011
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Reboot Your Life is a great book on how think about sabbaticals. The authors deal will all aspects very thoroughly, from goal setting to implementing, from thinking about what to do during your time off to how many months you will need to accomplish your sabbatical goals, from dealing with naysayers to managing reentry into the labor force. Moreover, the book addresses the many misconceptions you might have about sabbaticals. I especially liked the extensive appendix that gives readers a great timetable to follow when contemplating their own path. I believe that everybody in Corporate America should read this book, whether you are ready for a sabbatical today, need a bit more convincing, or are waiting for future opportunity to realize your sabbatical.

Interestingly enough, Reboot Your Life, which largely deals with voluntary sabbaticals, was published in parallel to my book, The Gift of Job Loss - A Practical Guide to Realizing the Most Rewarding Time of Your Life. Maybe it is our tough economic times or the ever increasing demands at our jobs that make more and more people reevaluate their path and think hard about what makes them happy and successful now and in the long run. Quite similar to the authors of Reboot Your Life, I encourage those facing job loss to think strategically about their options, including taking some time off to relax, learn, travel, spend time with family, improve their health, and invest in themselves for a better future before rushing to the next job.

Whether you negotiate a sabbatical with your company while being employed, or leverage your lay-off to invest in a more fulfilling personal life and rewarding career, it is really the "gift of time" that we all should seek and embrace. Time is the only commodity during our life that is really in short supply. Let's not waste it.
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