While it’s great to try something new and explore ideas, let’s face it, you’re usually paid when the job is done. That’s one reason why it’s important to finish what you started, because that’s when you can really see your results. Whether your pay is financial, an accolade, a record set, or a life changed, being rewarded comes with getting things done.
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A Time to Quit
Not to dispute the benefits of finishing what you started, but there also comes a time when quitting and leaving a task undone is the best course of action. It’s important to focus your time where it can have maximum impact on reaching your long-term goals. While it can be hard to walk away from a project or admit a task isn’t the right course of action, doing so may be just the finishing you need to do. Making a decision to move on can be just as effective, sometimes more, when faced with a goal that is no longer relevant in the big picture. Here are a few questions to help you decide when quitting may be the best way to finish.
- Have your resources changed? It’s important to consider the time, finances, and support you have available to finish a task. After evaluating your resources, you have to consider at what level you’ll be able to finish the task. Sometimes not doing something is better than doing it poorly.
- Have your goals changed? With changes in technology, consumer habits, the economy, and more, you need to evaluate whether or not your short-term goals and tasks are still relevant in accomplishing your long-term vision.
- Has your understanding changed? You know what they say, “hindsight is 20/20”, which can be true of tasks along the way to reaching your goals. Sometimes lack of knowledge leads us down the wrong road, acknowledging it sooner rather than later is best.
Share a story with us in the comments section on how you stay motivated to finish the task, or of a time when quitting was the best way to complete your project.