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How Quitting Would Actually Help You Make Progress

How Quitting Would Actually Help You Make Progress

“Winners never quit, quitters never win.” Growing up, we are taught to be persistent; society tells us the path to success is to persevere, quitting is never an option. In reality, quitting happens more often than we think. Sometimes, it could even be a beneficial move. Before diving into the positives, let’s define what quitting really means.

Quitting simply means leaving or getting rid of something. Unfortunately, our norms greatly contribute to the negative connotation of this word. Believe it or not, quitting actually helps a person to make progress and positive changes in life.

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We all have been there, we hated something so much and could not take it anymore. Would you quit to make yourself happier or carry on because you thought this is the best path to success? If you don’t love what you are doing, or you have already lost your passion, quit it. There are a lot of hidden gems out there, invest your time and interest in something else, maybe you will find a stepping stone to lead you somewhere else.

Sometimes, by quitting, we seize the moment.

Opportunities come and go. When we see something that interests us, telling ourselves to go for it is rarely the first response. We tend to look at the constraints and convince ourselves not to quit what we are currently doing. But why not take a leap of faith and allow yourself to make a breakthrough in life?

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By quitting, we make changes.

Quitting is not only about leaving a place because of getting out of interest, it is also about getting rid of things that are hindering our lives. For example, everyone has bad habits and everyone has their own limits, it is necessary to quit the things that are not good for our future self. With all the desperation and desire, if we do not take actions to quit, we are not making any progress.

By quitting, we open up more opportunities.

Everyday, we are presented by an infinite amount of opportunities. Opportunities to quit what we are pursuing, opportunities to quit our bad habits, opportunities to quit things that do not make us happy…Not denying that persevering is not a viable option, but sometimes, knowing when to quit could open up all whole new world of chances.

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We might be afraid to quit, fearing the regret of missing out on the possible success. But if you want to make progress, take the first step and quit something that obstructs you from moving forward.

Featured photo credit: Clem Onojeghuo via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

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