When You Should Quit

I just this moment deleted a project I’ve been working on for the past few days. It’s deleted out of the bin on my laptop and gone forever. In fairness, I didn’t really get very far anyway and I don’t know why I truly started it either. I wanted to build my answer to a Content Management System, a bit like WordPress. I wanted to make something that was mine and that I could say I built it. The truth is though, I got stuck – I have been stuck on it since I began and I’ve decided it was going to cause too much hassle in the end. I’m not normally one for giving up. I’m a perfectionist that loves a challenge. I always try and persevere.

The problem in this instance though was that I didn’t really know why I wanted to build such a thing in the first place. I didn’t go into it thinking it’d be easy, no way – I knew it’d be hard. I just didn’t really understand the purpose and I think I did the right thing by calling it a day. For the past few days that it’s consumed me, I’ve been kind of unresponsive. Staring at a screen and only deviating away to eat, drink and go to work. It sucks.

I feel a lot better now though. I don’t think I have that burden on my shoulders to make something that I don’t even want to do in the first place anymore. I’m okay with my choice, I think it’ll be fine. I’m just glad I knew when to quit. I think it’s an important skill I need to remember.

Written by Dan

I drink lattes and write things.