I think it’s rather normal to sometimes fantasize or think about quitting your job for one reason or another, even when you know deep down that you probably won’t. However, there are certain warning signs to watch out for that are valid reasons why you should seriously consider quitting your job, as staying at your current job will only do you more harm than good in the long run. Following are 6 telltale signs that you should quit your job.
1. You dread going into work
We all have a couple of off days where we just don’t feel like doing anything – its normal. But when it comes to the point where you dread having to go into work every morning and struggle to get out of bed because of it, or suffer from Sunday blues because Monday is slowly approaching, it’s time to reevaluate. We only get to live this one life, and your life is happening right now, so if you’re constantly wishing for the weekdays to be over and you’re only living for weekends, then you need to consider changing jobs, because no job is worth you wishing 5 out of 7 days a week of your life away.
2. You procrastinate more than you actually work
If you find yourself regularly looking for excuses and procrastinating to get work done, you need to take a step back and consider why you are struggling with this. Is it because a lack of motivation? Do you feel your work has no real value or do you feel under appreciated? Does it make you feel unhappy? Whatever the reason, you should first ask yourself if there is anything you can change about your work that will make you more motivated, and if there isn’t, perhaps it’s time to move on.
3. You dream of doing something else
Do you feel like you were destined for bigger and better things? Do you sit at work and dream about doing something else, or see yourself living a different life? This is another warning sign that you are actually unsatisfied with your current job. If the thought of working the same job for the next 5 years fills you with dread, then it’s a sign that you need to consider changing jobs, or even careers. It’s a sad truth that most people will spend their lives stuck working jobs that they hate, simply out of fear.
4. You feel stuck
If going to work each day sends you down a spiral of negativity and you feel stuck in a daily routine from which you can’t escape, then it’s time to reevaluate your job. If your jobs makes you feel like you aren’t going anywhere in your career or in your life, and you start focussing on surviving each day instead of looking forward to it, then it’s a clear sign that it’s time to move on.
5. There is no room for growth
Once you’ve mastered all the skills for your job and learned all there is to learn, then it’s time for you to move up the ladder and onto a new position where you can learn new things and grow your skillset. If you find yourself in this situation but there’s no new position for you to move onto or no room for growth in your profession, then it’s a good indicator that it’s time to consider something new.
6. It’s affecting your health
Stress can be a silent killer that leads to all kinds of health issues, from weight loss or weight gain, feelings of hopelessness or melancholy, anxiety attacks, fatigue, headaches, to muscle and joint pains. If you notice that you’re constantly overworked and stressed out because of your job, to the point where it’s affecting your health, it’s a clear warning sign that it is time to make a change. No job is worth you sacrificing your health.
These are some of the telling signs you should quit your job. Have you quit your job before for any of the reasons listed above or are you currently stuck in a job you are unhappy with? Let me know in the comments below!