At React Summit this year, I had the opportunity to give a lightning talk on taking extended time off through sabbaticals or leaves of absence – aka "mini retirements."
It's a short 8-minute talk. You can view the full slide deck here:
The speaker notes have the transcription of the talk. Once a recording is available, I'll be sure to let you know.
As part of the talk, I also made a small Google Sheet to help you plan your mini retirement:
Using the worksheet is pretty straightforward. Most of the work will be in figuring out your cash flow situation.
You can get cash flow data from:
- Your bank transactions (export to CSV or run a report for the dates)
- Use a financial tracking software like Mint
- Your credit card statements
I use Mint to get this data since it's hooked up to all my accounts, but I know some prefer spreadsheets.
Once you understand your cash flow, you can figure out your savings rate and, by extension, how long it might take to save up for a summer off or extended time off.
If you have questions, feel free to reply or leave a comment!