I've been using this summer to nurse my psychic wounds from six years of the grind, and gently slide into sabbatical mode. The rush of joy that comes everytime I delete a departmental email without reading beyond the subject tells me I'm ready :).
So far, advice I've received on how to conduct myself during a sabbatical includes:
- Don't plan too much
- Work very hard, but on something other than your current research
- Have an adventure, and if work happens, don't blame yourself.
- Say NO repeatedly (this also applies to life post-tenure, apparently). I maybe took this advice a little too literally and managed to decline a review request in about 0.5 seconds, which surprised (and possibly annoyed) the editor who had made the request.
- Do something different (or do something that you've been meaning to do for years but never got a chance to).
What else ?