How To Determine If You Should Continue Something

Sometimes we know we’re done and we quit. Just like that. It’s simple. Other times, we love something and we keep going. We have ups and downs, but overall, we’re content and satisfied to keep going with it.

But many times we’re just not sure. What if we quit and have regret? What if that something has become a stressor in our lives, but we feel bad about pulling the plug when we have already invested so much?

I recently read a great book called Burnout: The Secret To Unlocking The Stress Cycle (2020) by twin sisters Emily and Amelia Nagoski. In one chapter, they offer four questions to help us determine whether or not we should stick with something:

  1. What are the benefits of continuing?
  2. What are the benefits of stopping?
  3. What are the costs of continuing?
  4. What are the costs of stopping?

After listing the benefits and costs, the right choice for you may become more clear. You may better understand how much you want to invest in something that could help your life immensely by simply stopping.

While I haven’t used these questions yet, I wanted to drop them here in my blog to keep track of them for the next time I am in a quagmire about the fullness of my schedule. I hope they are helpful to you.

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