Time to Quit?
There's an article in May 21st's Bloomberg Businessweek about a denim mill which is having a resurgence after years of sales going abroad. There's a fashion for 'non-perfect' denim which can only be made on the looms which had been retired in the 1980's, which the mill is capitalising on. (Jeans made that way go for $350, which is amazing when you consider the looms were mothballed).
The article describes a 77 year old lady who has worked at the mill for 50 years and her skills are back in demand. At the end of the article she's quoted as saying 'I'm proud. I put food on the table and raised three young 'uns. I quit 500 times but I didn't have time to go tell them'. I don't think that's unusual feeling. There's been times when I've quit every day for a month - I just didn't tell anyone.
Everyone has days when this job is too hard, the co-workers too stupid, the conditions too unbearable. Quitting is a knee-jerk response to that moment. Often, if you don't tell anyone and hold out for another couple of hours, or days, or months, things change, and get better, almost miraculously. So quit if you have to. Just don't tell anyone quite yet.