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I hate quitting things.

OK, OK, I know what you might be thinking – of all the possible quirks a person could have, that one isn’t so bad.

And you’re right. But sometimes, my aversion to quitting things really holds me back.

Let me explain…

If you’re spending time on something – a relationship, a job, a book – that you don’t enjoy, you’re basically robbing yourself. You’re robbing yourself of time – time that you could be spending doing something that actually benefits you or brings you joy.

You're robbing yourself of time when you misuse it on things that don't bring you joy. Click To Tweet

For example, I often start a book and even though I don’t really like it, I just keep reading it. I could seriously loathe every sentence on every page but I make myself read the whole thing just for the principal of not quitting.

I’ll just keep going under the guise of needing to ‘finish what I started’ but in the end, I’ll feel as though I just wasted my time.

But the truth is, not all books are made for all readers. If I would just put it down and move on to something that I actually enjoyed, I’d be a lot happier.

I suppose you could argue that forcing yourself to experience things you don’t like is a method for growth and well-roundedness. And in fact, I totally agree with that – to an extent.

But in my case, I think the number of times I’ve done that to myself has become excessive. I’ve passed growth and moved on to something closer to masochism.

Of course, not everyone has put themselves in difficult, ‘learning experience’ situations as much as I have. And I admit, there are absolutely times where people should stick with the hard things.

Just don’t lose your sense of self in the process.

Sometimes you should stick with hard things. Just don't lose your sense of self in the process. Click To Tweet

I’ll also concede that time spent learning a little more about yourself – what you like and what you don’t like – shouldn’t be called time wasted. Maybe in the cases I’m referring to we’ll just call it… a misuse of time.

Now, refusing to quit goes a lot deeper than just bad books.

I’ve misused time on bad relationships – not realizing until way too far down the road that we both deserved better. And of course, I’ve misused time on awful, ill-suited jobs.

Recently, I took bold action and left a job – ok two jobs – that were making me incredibly unhappy.

It was hard. I basically had a panic attack every time I thought about turning in my two week’s notice. But I knew deep down that it was important to stop misusing my time with something that brought me no joy (and honestly, very little money).

“Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.”
Roy T. Bennett

To some people, the notion of misusing time on books may not seem as important as time spent in bad jobs or bad relationships.  But I think that’s the root of the problem – it’s the little things.

The little things you tolerate, the seemingly small inconveniences you allow, they compile your days. They add up to your life.

And if you misuse your time on one bad book after another, before you know it you’ve only read bad books all year.

Put that book down if you hate it.

End that relationship if they’re not the one.

And for goodness sakes, leave that job if it’s ruining your life.

 

“It’s such a shame to waste time. We always think we have so much of it.”
Mitch Albom
I recently started a book – The Zookeeper’s Wife. I thought I’d love it. I saw a preview for the movie and it looks incredible! But every time I tried to read the book I’d fall asleep, or I’d get bored and then have to reread huge chunks. I just wasn’t was I was expecting.
So I decided to quit. I have stacks and stacks of other books that excite me. So I’m not going to misuse my time on this one – I’ll just watch the movie this time.
And for those curious – I started reading my April Book of the Month selection, American War. Only one chapter in and so far I love it! Super gripping.
Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it, and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”
― George Harrison

 

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