“Don't think about what can happen in a month. Don't think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.” - Eric Thomas
Back in 2014 I quit my job without a plan. It was what I need to do to get my ass into gear and move forward with my life. I literally had no idea what job I was going to do next, just that I was going to spend time travelling in Costa Rica.
I wouldn't change it for the world as it really helped me change my life but if I was going to do it again I'd do it differently. I've written this article to share the mistakes I've made and what I've learnt to save you the hassle of making the same ones yourself. I've even included a free 7 day course to help you get clear on what you want to do next with your twenties.
So whether your considering quitting your job without a plan OR if you know you want to make some big changes to your life but can't face a leap into the unknown here 11 things I wish I did before quitting my job back in 2014.
1. Take the time to feel happy where you are
I know now that happiness comes from inside and changing my life situation isn't going to make me any happier than winning the lottery. Take the time now to learn what helps you to keep your thoughts positive. Check out this article to start planning your happiness routine.
2. Have something lined up
A lot of my time off after I quit was wasted. I'd sleep in until 12pm and constantly argue with myself about what to do each day. I really wish I'd have had a something lined up for when I got back from Costa Rica. Even just a part-time job a couple of days a week, volunteering on a Wednesday morning or an internship for a month would have made me get out of the house and try new things.
Since quitting I've learnt so much about the importance of getting out there and testing out your ideas for your future career. Just thinking about them never works. If you haven't already, take my 7DAYSTODIRECTION course and narrow down your options to 3 careers paths that you can test out once you quit.
3. Focus on building your confidence
After quitting I realised how much that job had sapped away my self-confidence. I bet it's not just me who feels useless when I'm in a job I don't like and isn't suited to my strengths. I wish I'd spent my free time out of work doing things that suited me and I loved. It would have made the transition after quitting way easier.
To do this now you could challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone on the weekends. Can you go along to some meetups? Join a class or volunteer for a cause you care about? You'll grow your comfort zone and increase your self-confidence and self-belief.
4. Meet new people
It'll help you build your confidence but also it could expose you to different ideas and careers you had't thought about. Plus you never know where it might lead and what opportunities it'll open up!
5. Take off the financial pressure
I'd really recommend that you save up enough money to last you at least 6 months (or however long you see yourself being out of work). If you don’t want to (or can't) wait until you’ve got that kinda money saved why not get a part time job that covers your minimum expenses (rent, bills, food)? That way you don’t have to worry about meeting your basic needs. I reckon it'll be a lot less than you think! (Unless you live in London lol)
6. Test it out
Write down a list of all the ideas you have for your life then test as many of them out as you can before you quit. You’ll get clearer on the direction you want to go in and it help you to get some things lined up that really excite you! To find out exactly how to go about this and be guided through it step-by-step keep an eye for my upcoming course, 60 Day Kickass Career Kickstart. In the meantime sign up for my free 7 day course for twenty-something women below where I show you how to find your direction and get started with testing your ideas.
7. Talk to inspiring people
This is where you find people who have awesome lives! Who is it that you really admire? Send them a tweet or an email and see if you can connect. You could ask them a well thought-out question as well as researching their background to learn how they got to where they are today. Finally use this information to chart your course! What can you learn from them and apply to your own life and goals?
8. Realise that everything's going to change
Even if you’re happy with everything else in your life except your job, be aware that changing jobs might change EVERYTHING else! It's like a knock on effect!
That is exactly what happened to be. Before I quite I was happy where I was.I just needed a job I enjoyed. When I got that kind of job it was for a position in a city on the other side of the country!
I took the gamble and I moved there with my boyfriend. I mover away from almost all of my friends and family. It really wasn't what I was planning but now I wouldn’t have it any other way!
9. Realise you’ll feel shit when you lose your identity
It can be hard to explain how you’ll feel when you leave your job. The main thing is that it won’t be pretty crap! When I was in that situation, this article by Martha Beck put my feelings into words in a way I never could. I also recommend you read her book “Finding Your Own North Star” as part of your quitting process.
10. Have a clear vision (but know that you can change it)
Take the time now to create a clear vision of your ideal life. It will help you through those days when you're finding it hard to motivate yourself. Plus it can focus you on what you want to use your time out to try. I show you how to do this in 7DAYSTODIRECTION.
11. Know what inspires you
There will be moments when you feel low, lost and stupid. You’ll wonder how you’re going to get your life back on track and struggle to get out of the bed in the morning. Have a little kit of inspiring tasks, movies, blogs, books and activities that you can turn to on days like that. Take the time to put it together now and you’ll thank yourself for it later!
“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself” George Bernard Shaw