MORE IDEAS FROM Quitting as a Productivity Habit
“It’s better to just start the things that you know you have the resources to finish. You don’t want to be surprised by the hard parts, you want to expect the hard parts."
Set clear metrics that will help you to know when to give up on an idea, a habit, or a process. Don’t quit when the going gets rough.
Quit because it’s the right, objective and logical thing to do after weighing your options. Quit because you have a better option and don’t want to waste your time and energy.
“Instead of continually trying to force yourself to do things you don’t want to do, let them go. Without the emotional weight and mental clutter of keeping things on your agenda that don’t absolutely need to be there, you’re much freer to rapidly move forward on what you really do want and need to get done.”
Successful people quit (or proactively adjust) a lot more often than people who aren’t successful. They stay flexible and open to new ideas or opportunities or ways of getting things done.
But never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress at the moment
Using quitting as a productivity habit helps you leverage your time, energy and money prudently while keeping you focused on the big picture.
Your time is limited, so if you can spend it elsewhere, and still make progress in the direction of your dreams, go for a better idea or approach.
The sunk cost fallacy is one of the primary reasons you are so afraid to quit anything. It occurs when you tell yourself that you can’t quit because of all the time or money you have already spent. The idea of all of that going to waste is what is keeping you at bay, paralyzed at the idea of quitting.
Most successful people do feel good luck played some role in their success. But they don't wait for it or worry about bad luck. They act as if success or failure is totally within their control.
By not wasting mental energy worrying about what might happen to you, you can put all your effort into making things happen.
Even if we are going to a better place, leaving a current job that you have worked hard on can be upsetting. This is because:
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