Knowing when to quit or not to quit is as much of an art as it is a science. Quitting something to soon means that maybe you didn’t give it enough time, and it was actually something that could have worked out. Quitting too late means that perhaps you wasted time and energy on something that wasn't for you in the first place, and know you have to figure out what to do next.
For more information check out my blog post The Beauty of Quitting here.
The timing of all that is hopefully where journaling and this prompt may be able to help you out, and give some insight on knowing when to quit.
1. How long have you been thinking of the option to quit? (This question may take a little bit more of introspection and reflection because sometimes our instincts tell us about something before we can really consciously think about it or consider it.)
2. What do your instincts say about it?
3. When you think about it, how do you feel? (Anxious, sad, happy)
4. When you don't think about it, how do you feel? (Angry, sad, disappointed)
5. What is keeping you from quitting?
6. What are you holding on to?
7. Are you waiting for things to change, and they haven’t? How much longer do you think you can spend waiting for change?
8. Do you already know what you want to do if you quit the thing that you are struggling with? What are you drawn to instead?