The first time I quit my job, I had no plan. I woke up one morning and decided I was going to quit my job due to some conflicts that were going on, and I just did it. It was a very reactionary move, and it turned out to be the stupidest thing I could have done.
Quitting your job is not something you should do when you’re in a bad mood or when you’re feeling like the entire world is against you. If you’re like me and you’re a bit of an impulsive person, you’ll need to learn how to control your emotions better.
I was acting on impulse out of rage, and I accepted the consequences of my actions. I didn’t intend to be unemployed for such a long time, but it’s something I learned from and it gave me a lot of insight into myself as a person. Without preparation will only lead you to regret, and you’ll end up staying at that job longer than you originally intended because of financial reasons. Here are some tips that will hopefully help you quit your job without waking up the next morning and realizing that you made a huge mistake:
Figure out what you want to do instead.
This is the first thing you should do. I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying “If you fail to plan, plan to fail.” The same principle applies here; if you don’t know what you want to do after you quit your job, chances are you’ll end up not doing much at all. Figure out what you want to do in your life; it can be something related to what you’re currently doing, or something completely different. Make sure that whatever it is will at least allow you to pay your bills. It might be tough figuring out what exactly you want to do, but it will be worth it once you find your passion. Remember that it’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do after quitting your job. A lot of people are in this situation, and some of them end up finding their dream jobs. Don’t rush into anything, if something doesn’t feel right for you, don’t stay with it.
Write down a plan on how to quit your job
Writing down a step-by-step plan on how to quit your job is probably the best thing you can do for yourself before actually quitting your job. Make sure that everything is written down so there’s no confusion as far as what the next steps are.
You’ll also feel much more confident about quitting if you have a concrete plan on how to quit and what will happen after that; I wish I had done this when I first quit my job because I felt like such an idiot afterwards without knowing what was going to happen next and where I would be at the end of the month.
Set deadlines for each step in your plan
I’m sure we all have things we’d like to accomplish in life, but something that makes us procrastinate is that we never set deadlines for these things; we never make ourselves accountable for them because they’re either too vague or not important enough for us to take action on them right away; this goes back to point #1 about finding out what exactly it is that makes us happy in life and doing something about it (setting deadlines).
Setting deadlines will force us into taking action instead of allowing ourselves time where we can second-guess everything and not do anything at all; setting deadlines also helps motivate us into getting shit done!
Cut off all distractions temporarily (If possible)
We’ve talked about distractions before , and chances are they’re affecting our productivity negatively . Cut off all distractions from the outside world by closing any apps or tabs related to social media or entertainment sites/apps/games if possible, putting away any electronics so they’re out of reach from our hands after work hours, etc… Just try cutting off as much as possible so we can focus on one thing instead of being easily distracted by other things around us during work hours at our jobs!
Get rid of other commitments temporarily
If there’s anything else going on in your life besides work, remove those commitments temporarily while you’re prepping to quit your job; this includes, but is not limited to:
- Friends and family (after work hours)
- School (college/high school)
- Sports and other hobbies
The last thing you want right now is to be stressed about why you can’t do something with your friends or family; don’t worry about it! It’s much more important that you focus on yourself.
The same goes for school. If you have a lot of homework or studying to do, try finishing it as soon as possible so there’s no stress from missing deadlines later on if something comes up.
I’m sure we all have those sports/hobbies we love doing, so I’m not telling you that you should cut these things completely out of your life, but try scheduling them at times when your mind won’t be clouded with other things going on in life. It might be a good idea to let people know that you’re going through a tough time and won’t be available for at least a couple of weeks until after the initial shock wears off from quitting your job. You’ll want to minimize distractions as much as possible, because it will make it easier for us to focus on what we need to do once we actually quit our jobs.
Get enough sleep
If there’s one thing I regret from my first experience of quitting my job was not getting enough sleep during the whole process , because I was too anxious about everything going on around me that I didn’t focus enough on getting restful sleep each night; this led me into overthinking everything and made me feel incompetent about everything I was doing at the time.
Learn how to say no
Most likely, if someone asks us for help after quitting our jobs, we’ll probably say yes without thinking twice about it; this is something that will prevent us from getting anything done once we quit our jobs because most likely whatever big project or initiative has already been delegated amongst our coworkers , so everyone is trying their best in order to get the project completed by the deadline instead of having multiple people working on it at once.
Try avoiding outside opinions
The last thing any one of us needs right now is an opinion coming from someone who has nothing invested in our success besides their own thoughts , especially if they’re negative ones . We don’t need someone who thinks they know better than us telling us how stupid our decisions are; most likely they’ve never been in our shoes nor do they understand what exactly went into making these decisions.
Give yourself a couple of days off once in a while
We don’t want to burn ourselves out the first couple of weeks after quitting our jobs, so it’s important that we give ourselves a couple days off from every week to recharge our bodies and minds before getting back into the grind . This will allow us to focus on ourselves, think about what we really want to do with our lives, and find out what’s going on in our personal lives that we’ve been neglecting due to working long hours at a job.
Don’t be afraid of talking about your plans with family and friends
If you’re like me and you’re a bit of an introvert , you might be worried about talking about your plans with others because you don’t want to be judged by the words coming out of your mouth; this is something we’ll need to get over as soon as possible if we want to succeed in our goals . If we never tell anyone what we want out of life, how would they know how to support us and help us achieve those goals? The only person who can truly support us and help us achieve our goals is ourselves. We don’t need to tell everyone that we’re going through a tough time at work, but it’s important that we talk about our goals to people who are willing to listen and help us out along the way.
Quitting your job is a big decision, but it’s one that will ultimately make you happier in the long run. Just remember that we’re in this together and we can all relate to each other when it comes to trying to find out what it is we really want out of life and doing something about it. Have any other tips on how to quit your job and not look back? Let me know in the comments below!