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7 Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job

I don’t think anyone can tell you exactly the perfect time to quit your job. When I was feeling stuck and miserable in my job, I had friends telling me to “just quit, it’ll be fine” or “get 3 months worth of savings first, then quit” or the best one “why don’t you just find another job?“ (like I wasn’t trying!) They all had the best intentions of course but they were wrong.

I had to go through my own personal journey before I was ready to quit. I had to apply for countless jobs, get turned down for countless jobs and put in a heck of a lot of days of grind and misery before I hit rock bottom and handed in my notice. However, there were some big blindingly obvious signs I was getting from the universe that it was time. Having asked around my entrepreneurial friends who’ve taken the leap, there are 7 signs it’s time to quit your job that most people experience:

 

1. You get the Sunday Night Fear

This isn’t just the regular… “urgh I hate Mondays” feeling. This was FULL blown fear rearing its ugly head every Sunday night. I’d get panicky and quite a distraught. I’d start thinking up crazy ways that I could get out of going to work without losing my job.

Think, “how can I break my leg so I can’t commute?”

Not just, “maybe I could call in sick with a cold?”

The more crazy the ideas, the more I actually considered them, the more I realised it was probably a good time to get out before I did myself some serious harm.

Note – The Sunday Night Fear is not exclusively reserved for Sundays. I ended up having it almost every ‘school night’.

 

2.  You moan about work/your boss/your career/your industry ALL THE TIME

We all do it. Moaning about work with your friends can be quite fun and it certainly helps get a few things off your chest. But when conversations are all focused on moaning about work, you look for the opportunity to complain about work in every conversation with your friends/man/family and you don’t seem to be able to talk about anything else, it’s a pretty obvious sign you need to change the record and do something about it.

All talk no action = stuck. Do something about it.

 

3. Your health is on the back burner

When I was at my lowest point at work, I started smoking again. I’ve never been a 40-a-day gal but I would go out for a fag a few times a day. When I got really wound up at work by my boss or colleagues I would turn to cigarettes to calm me down. I also started eating a lot more sugary food to give me the energy to get through the day. I stopped exercising and was putting on weight. I was going into self-destruct mode.

You’re there already? Yep, it’s a sign.

It’s HARD to stay motivated and keep giving it your all when you’re resentful. The problem with this sign is, you’re the one who ultimately suffers. Your confidence will take a knock because sooner or later someone will notice you’re not pulling your weight and will pull you up on it and you’ll know that they’re right.

4. Your performance at work is poor

When you’re unhappy in work, you hate your boss, you wish someone would just swoop on in with a magic wand and turn your life into a fairytale, you stop doing such a good job. I get it. It’s HARD to stay motivated and keep giving it your all when you’re resentful. The problem with this sign is, you’re the one who ultimately suffers. Your confidence will take a knock because sooner or later someone will notice you’re not pulling your weight and will pull you up on it and you’ll know that they’re right. If you let it go on too long, you’ll likely start believing you’ve no skills whatsoever and you’re lazy. Not a good place to be (I’ve been there). If you can catch this one before you get in too deep, you’ll be doing yourself and your self-esteem a huge favour.

 

5. You have sinister fantasies

I wasn’t sure I wanted to put this one in here but hey… it’s rife among people who hate their jobs so it’s better to just tell you so you don’t feel so alone and terrified of your imagination. I used to daydream about ways I could get back at my boss. I used to imagine scenarios where I’d get one up on him, ruin his life and screw him over.

I’m not going to share details of these daydreams (you can make up your own!), and no I don’t think I would have gone through with them, but it was satisfying thinking of how I could seek my own bit of revenge. A little bit of this is healthy (I think) but when you start scaring yourself with your ideas it’s a time to admit you’ve an unhealthy resentment and it’s time to get out.

 

6. You’re reading blog posts about whether it’s time to quit your job

Ironic isn’t it? Seriously though, if you’re spending your commute and your lunch breaks reading up on how to quit, or whether you should quit or not or how to set up a business… it’s a sign.

YES you should! You’re just scared it won’t work out.

 

7. Your gut instinct is screaming at you to quit

The thing that pushed me to finally take my leap? Gut instinct. I knew I had hit rock bottom. I knew I couldn’t take anymore. I knew that anything was better than what I was experiencing every day. Although I’d been running up to it for months, when the decision came it was fast and knocked me sideways. I remember laughing with relief because I finally felt ready to take the leap deep in the pit of my stomach.

If there’s one thing I know about life, it’s to ALWAYS TRUST YOUR GUT INSTINCT. Always. It’s there for a reason and has been the best guidance I could ever receive.

Are you getting any of these signs? Perhaps it’s time…

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Jen Smith is a freelance marketer and content strategist

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