What’s Next After You Quit?
“Yesterday was my last day…”
I sent that to one of my clients yesterday morning after he sent me a batch of writing to work on. I told him at the beginning of September that the 16th was my last day working for him.
While we’re still leaving on good terms, I can’t help but sigh in relief from the conclusion of that work.
I worked with him for 7 months and they’ve been interesting. But at the same time it caused a lot of burnout on my end. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed in certain cases.
I was stuck in a routine where I was working for him and then getting on with my day. That or I pushed his work off until late into the night and had to do some late night work.
But now that I’ve moved on, I’m left with a simple question. And this question is for everyone who has dropped something big or small and changed their entire course of the day.
So What Is Next?
It’s a simple question, but there is a lot that goes into it. You have to fill that void of time with something right?
For me, it’s three hours of my time back. That’s pretty significant especially since a lot of my work doesn’t take up a huge chunk of my time. I still surprise myself at the speed in which I can accomplish my usual tasks.
And while I still have client work (I still need that freelance money after all), it’s not going to eat up as much time since I know the topics. After all, I pick them myself and could actually create a backlog of them now.
For other though, it could be more than three hours or it might be less, but you’d still be surprised what you can do with intense focus and a little bit of time.
So during this time, I believe what’s best is to ask ourselves questions. Not necessarily what’s next, but getting some more details:
What sort of commitments have I been neglecting or wish to be more involved in?
What ideas have I thought of, written down, and haven’t acted upon?
How much time has quitting this activity given me?
What is something I’ve wanted to start or explore and haven’t?
Time Gives New Possibilities
Our time is the most precious resource, but freeing up time gives us great new possibilities. It allows us to breath easy and refocus on other elements of our lives, but also expanding into new areas.
This is key for our development as we take time to figure out what is next.
As for myself, I want to be refocusing with my writing as I feel it’s been falling by the wayside. I’m still challenging myself with writing faster, but hopefully, with more free time, I can get back to further developing my technique.
Furthermore, there’s a lot of add-ons and other things I can now tend to now that I’ve freed up more time.
Either way, one thing is constant: if you have some things in mind, freeing up time by quitting something else can be exciting.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
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