1. Develop a plan
Begin planning your time off arrange logistics, etc.
2. Don’t Lose Focus
Find something you’re passionate about that you’d like to investigate further. Use your sabbatical time for growth and discovery.
3. Be Practical
Know how much time you can afford to take off, investigate how much you will/can be compensated during your sabbatical. Assess your income. Can you take your family with you? What new costs will you incur?
4. Be Flexible
Know your limits and be creative about flexing within them. Can’t afford to pay rent in two places? Rent your home while you’re away. Exchange with another family where you’d like to be. Think your home is too remote? Chances are a professor or student might need to visit your university while you’re out of town.
5. Check In
Check in with your friends back home and colleagues every once in a while. Let them know how you’re doing and vice versa.
6. Prepare to re-acclimate
Upon your return, stop at work a few days before you’re scheduled back. Catch up with your cohorts and students. This will help bring you back into the fold. Be prepared to accept new faces and new ways of doing things.