4 Things I Learned After Quitting My Job Without A Backup Plan During A Pandemic

5 Jan 2021

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Let me set the scene for you. You're feeling pretty done in after being furloughed, you return back to your job to find it even more monotonous and uninspiring than being furloughed. You're struggling to get back into the swing of things, waking up every day feels like a battle and there have been one too many times that you've cried in front of your manager. This was me and it was absolutely no one's fault. It's just the way it went. But it caused me to do something that has made so many people do that shocked-wide-eyed-blink - I quit my job without a backup plan in the middle of a pandemic.

If you've read that opening and thought 'why on earth is she promoting such a thing?', let me just stop you right there. This definitely isn't me saying that everyone needs to stick two fingers up to capitalism and leave their jobs immediately. I would never say such a thing! But what I am saying was that the experience taught me a few things and I want to share them with you all.

1. I learned just how much brain space my job was taking up

I've always said that I'm pretty good at switching off and taking time for myself, but it wasn't until my job was gone that I realised I was actually terrible at switching off. I was always on edge that I'd made a mistake or that something would need changing and my home access wouldn't work. I would worry that I wasn't doing enough and that my effort wasn't being recognised, and my brain was just always whirring.

Once the job was gone, it was like the clouds in my mind had gone. For the first time in a long time, I could think clearly and I was able to put thought into things that had taken a bit of a backseat, like my blog!

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2. I learned that I'm someone who likes variety

If you stick me in front of a pile of building blocks and tell me I can only use the rectangular ones, that's ok. I'd do my best with just using the rectangles to build something decent, but my imagination would end up getting crushed and the end result would be a bit... meh. But give me cubes, pyramids, some of them semi-circle looking ones, I'll have a lot more fun and make something that's ten times better.

The same can be applied to me in my job. If I'm stuck doing the same thing over and over, the chances are that I'm going to get demotivated really quickly. Variety is definitely the spice of life for me and it really showed after this experience!

3. I learned that scary can be exciting

There's no two ways about it, quitting my job without a backup plan was absolutely terrifying and I'd be lying if I said the whole process went smoothly with no tears. There were a lot of tears and some big wobbles, but I came to the realisation that scary can actually be quite exciting. Once I was past the whole 'I'm not going to be earning a penny and I have no idea how long I'll be unemployed for' thing, the thought was kind of exhilarating.

Being taken out of the routine that I knew like the back of my hand and not knowing what was round the corner was totally new to me. And typically, even the thought of that would freak me out, but honestly, it gave me quite a buzz. It made me feel optimistic, hopeful, and motivated to job hunt and put a ton of effort into my blog.

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4. I learned that I can find joy at home more than I expected

Usually, I'm a gal with itchy feet and I struggle to be sat in the house for too long. I found being furloughed really hard because filling my days just felt impossible, but choosing to be at home made the experience totally different. With being furloughed, the decision was made for me, but leaving my job meant that I had made the decision to be at home myself.

Having all of the time at home meant that I got to do crafty things to unwind, really catch up on sleep, read, properly get stuck into writing, and so many other things that I never allowed myself to do because I was so caught up in the work web. I absolutely thrived off having the time at home and I was definitely thanking my past self for allowing me to have a couple of months to really sort my head out.

So yes, I quit my job without a backup plan in the middle of a pandemic, but it wasn't a forever a plan. While I was enjoying my time away from work, I still needed to pull my weight with bringing money into the house, so I'm glad to say that I've recently started in a new job that's got plenty of variety and allows me to work from home!

If anyone is in a similar situation or wants to talk about my experience in a bit more depth, hit me up!

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