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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."

Seth Godin

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Quitting as a Productivity Habit

Quitting as a Productivity Habit

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"When you quit with intention, you free up more time, money and energy for the things that really matter to your long-term goals."

"When you quit with intention, you free up more time, money and energy for the things that really matter to your long-term goals."

Quitting is underrated

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

“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.”

“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.”

Learning to quit is a skill

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.

“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."

“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."

When to quit

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.

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