I Quit My Job Without A Plan! Here’s Why I’m Not Freaking Out



Well, I’ve done it—I’ve done what every article aimed at 20-somethings has done, and decided to leave my job in search of something more meaningful to me, think Eat, Pray, Love, I’ve run away from my responsibilities and I’m searching for something that excites me.

And although usually, I’m very type-A, and always have a plan for my next move, this time, I’ve decided to leap before I look. I’ve been funemployed for one week now, and here’s what I’m telling myself (and anyone else who’s in the same situation!):

You need a plan. FAST. 

Just because you didn’t start out with the most concrete plans, doesn’t mean you can’t start where you are. The first thing I did was search the library catalog (and then when that failed, hit up Amazon) for books that would help me navigate my next step. I highly recommend What Colour Is Your Parachute? and Do What You Are; both books force you to look inside to what you really want, in order to make your next move.

Work doesn’t stop just because you don’t have a boss anymore. 

If anything, you are now the CEO of a company with one employee (which is also YOU!). The focus you had as an employee has to translate to the focus on what your next move will be. You’ll now need for your job search.

You need a routine. 

And one you can stick to, as well. When I first left my job, I told myself I was going to get up every day at 7am, run for an hour, meditate, eat healthy every meal, apply to 8 jobs a day, network over coffee, and still have the time to go out in the evenings.

That lasted all of 2 days before I hurt my ankle running, realized that I needed time to research job opportunities, and 4 applications a day was more realistic. It might be trial-and-error, but you need to find a routine that works for you. Otherwise, you’ll go nuts with all the free time you’ll have!

It’s going to be OK. 

Just tell yourself this, over and over again; because it will be. As long as you take this time to figure out what you want, it won’t be a waste. Trust yourself that you’ll get through this!

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Charlotte Bailey


Charlotte Bailey is an freelance writer living in London. Originally from Canada, she's a word nerd, compulsive list-maker, and lover of novels & film.

  • Elishia Chave

    I love the idea of being funemployed and I am adopting it right now. I moved to the U.S. with my fiancé and while he can work, I’m waiting for my visa and work permit to come through… so funemployed it is :) Thanks!!


  • Prerna Bhatt

    I am currently unemployed and this article is really what I needed right now! Thanks!


  • Camille Beygui

    Such a great post

  • Briana Nicole

    Great post! Super inspirational honestly. Love it!


  • Nicki George

    Good for you girl. I feel like so often we get trapped in the mundane hectic life that we think we have to lead. Be you. I once heard a quote, “life isn’t about finding ourselves, it’s about creating ourselves.” Just be who you want to be, create that person.


  • Sophie

    Well done you! I am so close to handing in my notice but I think I need a little bit of a plan first before I do. Very inspirational read though! Sophie x


  • Fanny

    What about the financial aspect? Not everyone can afford to quit and “find themselves”.

  • Zainab Raghdo

    Inspiring exactly the point I’m at in my life. Can”t wait to quit and focus on everything I want to be which is write. Thank you :)

  • Floortje van Cooten

    Just discovered your site and I’m already a fan! Love the articles you post, new follower here!





  • Monika Monika

    This step would assume you saved like 3-4 salaries at least for living durcing you search for a new job and until the first salary comes.

  • Janiah Adams

    I think the perfect time to do something like this is during college. I decided a few months back to quit my part time job to build my own job for myself through my blog, writing, and working with a newspaper. The reality is that later, when you have bills to pay, you do have to save a bit. But I think that if this is something you want to do, it’s totally worth it. Better to be broke for a little while in order to build something profitable that will make you happy instead of working at a job that will give you money but ruin your happiness in the long run. Just my opinion :)


  • Elle Noire

    Love this! I did the same thing, but found myself working the very NEXT day! I did not take ANY breaks! It forced me to RISE UP! I did have a slight moment–but I really had no time to think–i just had to MOVE! I ended up bringing in $1K in Less Than 5 Days Using What I Already Had! Check out the blog post here: http://www.elleinspires.com/how-i-made-my-first-1k-in-less-5-days-using-already/

    Stay Inspired. Be Encouraged.
    xoxo, Elle Noire

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