Are you wondering whether you should quit your job or stick it out for a bit longer?
Here are the telltale signs it’s time to GTFO.
#1 You’re procrastinating more than you’re working
If your job is slowly turning you into a useless person who is constantly trying to get away with doing the least possible, then it’s time to quit your job and find something else.
Before they fire you, that is.
The longer you wait it out, the harder it will be to find another job, so if you find yourself in this situation, then it’s time to make a move now.
Start looking for a job that motivates you again, before you’re left without work ethic, standards or any references.
#2 You dread going to work
Obviously we all go through periods in our lives where we cringe at the thought of going to work, but if this becomes a chronic feeling of dread, then it should not be ignored.
This can range between falling asleep dreading work the next day, to the more dramatic version of waking up with zero motivation to live.
#3 You’re willing to consider anything else
Sometimes we think we’re on the right path only to realize a few months in that it’s simply not worth it.
You might find yourself reconsidering jobs you’ve previously said no to, because your current situation is making you expand your horizon, or even lowering your standards just a bit.
This is a healthy and rational reaction.
But if you’re seriously wondering if your job is worth the ability to pay rent, or if you’re considering becoming a Breatharian so you can survive without your job, then it’s definitely time to start looking for something else.
#4 Crying and generally overreacting at work
A friend of mine recently cried in the office bathroom because she got an email she didn’t understand, only to later find out it was sent to her by mistake.
Apparently was meant for the administration.
So if this is something you relate to, then it’s time to move on.
#5 Your free time is consumed by thoughts of escape
Ever gone to the park during your lunch break, only to end up emotionally drained on a bench, staring at the people walking past and feeling consumed with sadness that you’ll never have their lives?
…even though you don’t even know these people?
It’s one thing to scroll through Instagram and wish you were a Jenner, but if you think you’d be better off switching lives with the homeless man at the corner or the dead pigeon under the bench, then it’s safe to say your job isn’t for you.
#6 You’re running on auto-pilot
You keep going to work, showing up on time, completing the tasks, but you can’t remember why you’re even there.
You want change your life but you have no energy to do anything but follow the same motions.
Snap out of it, there’s more to life.
#7 Overly dramatic nightmares about work
This goes beyond just having a poor sleep quality from time to time.
If you’re waking up in cold sweat, heart racing and/or screaming about a minor work task, then get the hell out of there.
I’ve personally had nightmares where I’m finishing never-ending contracts with a client who was in a rush, and every time said “don’t worry, we only have one page left” three more pages were added. I woke up in tears.
Needless to say I don’t work there anymore.
Time to leave.
#8 Your job is taking a serious toll on your health
By serious, I mean worse than just the occasional permanent eye twitch, and worse than your skin breaking out more than usual.
By serious we’re talking frequent panic attacks, depression, chronic migraines, and other signs of a work burnout.
Anything that is chronic and significantly decreases your quality of life, or decreases the value you put on life, is considered a good reason to change job.