YES! At times you might end-up involuntarily having to take time off in-between jobs, maybe for visa, relocation, family reasons etc. or simply voluntarily taking time off and recharging your batteries before starting your new role. Whatever the reason and whether it is involuntarily or voluntarily, I think it is a great thing to do, both for mind and soul!
If you find yourself without things to do during the time you're in-between jobs, here are a few ideas that I've found good and beneficial when I've been in-between jobs.
STOP. The first thing before you do anything else, simply stop doing anything. Break the hamster wheel of ticking off task by task and stop your mind and body from any have-to-dos. Once you feel OK with not doing anything, then you're ready to move on.
GET CLEAR. Spend time organising your thoughts and get clear on what you want your personal life to be like. A lot of times we jump from one role to another and we don't spend time planning our personal life and it becomes second priority. Use this extra time to focus on what you want your personal life to look like and decide on what you need to do to make that happen. Figure out your new schedule and change anything that hasn't worked before.
SET GOALS. Rarely do we have time to work on our personal and professional goals outside of the office. Spend this time setting your goals for your new role, both short-term and long-term so you have them ready before starting your new role. What do you want to do differently and what do you want to achieve this time around.
RESEARCH. Especially if you're entering a new market or industry, spend some time researching this before starting your new role. Find your competition, the market-leaders, the trends etc. When you're clear on this before you start, you don't need to use your evenings doing this once you start your new role and you?ll speed up your induction to the new role.
Either way, whatever you decide to do during your time off, make sure you ENJOY it!!