This was me in the summer of 2019. Once I opened my eyes and realized that my job was hurting me more than helping, I knew it was time to quit.
I won’t say that it was easy, but I will say that it was one of the best decisions I ever made. If you have any of these signs, it may be time for you to do the same.
You can’t focus
How many times do you sit at your desk and find better things to do?
And by better, I mean scrolling through social media, picking the lint off your shirt, or browsing Amazon. If any little thing grabs your attention more than the job you’re supposed to do, it may not be for you anymore.
Maybe you are bored with it, don’t like how you’re treated, or it just doesn’t fill you up anymore. It doesn’t matter the reason, but if you can’t focus, it makes your day drag on and probably makes your boss a little angry.
You can’t talk about anything but your job (and it’s not good)
Think about your conversations with your spouse, mom, sister, or friends. How often do you complain about your job? If it is the central topic of conversation with almost everyone, it’s time to ditch it.
Complaining only brings your mood down. You can’t help but get in a bad mood when all you’re putting out there is how miserable you are.
If you can’t find five things (quickly) that you love about your job, it may be time for a change. Not to mention, sometimes success is the best revenge against a company or coworkers that make you miserable.
You’ve hit a dead end
Is there nothing left for you to advance to at your job? Not only is this a bad financial move, but it’s also demoralizing. Knowing you can’t move up or do something better for the foreseeable future isn’t uplifting or healthy.
If you give your company your all, and they can’t reward you with a promotion, new job, or more responsibilities, it’s not worth giving them your energy. It will only drain you, leaving you empty for everyone else.
You make excuses of why your job is OK
If you find yourself complaining about your job but then justifying why it’s okay with other reasons, it may be time to leave.
You may be trying to tell yourself you stay for the benefits or decent hours, or cushy corner office. But is it worth the negative vibe you get from it? Is that benefit something you couldn’t get somewhere else, at a place where you are appreciated?
You can get a better job
Sometimes we get so comfortable in our jobs that we stay even though we are well overqualified for it.
What if there is a better job out there for you? Maybe you’ve outgrown your current job, and there are other opportunities out there for you.
If you ignore the opportunities, you won’t grow as a person or financially. Don’t stay stuck at a job just because you’re comfortable – it may be time to step out of your comfort zone.
Make your decision carefully
If you decide it’s time to leave your job, great job thinking of yourself and what you need. Don’t be hasty, though. Make sure you have a plan. Do you have a new job? Did you give a 2-week notice?
If you’re leaving the workforce to work at home or start a business, make sure you have all your ‘i’s dotted and t’s crossed’ before you let the stability of your 9 to 5 job go.