coffee in the window on quitting

Knowing when to quit

March 18, 2013Susan

Do you ever take on too much? Say yes to things that perhaps sound great on paper but then when you actually get down the nitty-gritty, they aren’t what you thought?

Perhaps you’ve been riding high on a success and thought if you said no, that you’d not be thought of in the same way? Or more simply, you just thought you’d be missing out.

I’ve given up two large projects recently, I had project overload or freelance overload even! I’m not moaning by the way, its nice to be in demand but I was swamped and realised they actually were not such a good fit for me. When I took a step back and weighed up the pro’s and cons of both, I realised both were heavier in the cons department… Something I couldn’t see until very recently.

I think if you’ve realised you aren’t the right person for the job you should tell the client as soon as possible, I personally hate feeling disingenuous, I also dislike letting people down. But if I’d not let these projects go I’d be overworked, stressed and miss out on other things that might come my way, in essence letting myself down.

As it is, I managed to tell both clients without burning my bridges (I think!!) and I’ve now got the head space to think about projects closer to my heart again. Some which have been sitting waiting patiently for my attention for up to a year! I can’t tell you how luxurious this is…

Thinking towards the future I hope these two projects aren’t something I regret quitting, but I’m a big believer in fate so in theory I wont!

So quit while you’re ahead, cut your losses and walk away with your head held high-only you know if something is right for you.

Have you ever walked away from or quit something that on paper was a great opportunity?

coffee in the window on quitting


Comments (2)

  • Vintage Afternoon Teas

    March 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Well done Susie! Easier to write about it than to actually make the decision and tell the people I’m sure. You’ve done the right thing and you probably know that from how you’re feeling. Gut instinct in life is a wonderful thing. I once resigned from a wonderful job (wonderful on paper anyway), it wasn’t working in so many respects for me or my family. A very difficult decision to walk away from something, but proved to be the right thing to do in the end and here I am doing something completely different now, who’d have thought it?!

  • Mancunian Vintage

    March 24, 2013 at 8:41 am

    It’s better to cut your losses in plenty of time, rather than leaving it until a week for the deadline!

    Projects that you aren’t able to pour your heart and soul into make for poor offerings, and you end up resenting every single second you end up spending on it.

    Enjoy doing the things you love – you only live once (right little philosopher aren’t I?!)

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