If you’re working a conventional job, or any kind of job for that matter, at least 8 hours of your day is probably spent at work. If you do the math, that’s approximately 121 full days of work in a year! And if you’re unhappy for most of that time, you need to re-evaluate your life.
For continuous personal development, most of your waking hours need to be spent on an activity that leaves you satisfied. Most people know when it’s time for them to quit their job, but for some, it’s not that obvious. If you’re unsure, watch out for these signs, because they might signal a change in career.
Zero Personal Life
The most important thing in life is, well, life! If your existing job doesn’t leave you with enough time to do the things that you enjoy, or give you enough opportunities to relax, then it might be time to find a new one.
Even when a job leaves you with ample time, the work itself may be demanding and deprive you of your zest. A stressful job can deplete your energy, leaving you beaten by the time you’re done with work and actually ready to practice your hobbies.
You must be able to leave work at the workplace. Once you’re out of the office, you shouldn’t have to continue working. Constantly taking work home can make you irritable and leave you mentally drained. It eats into your personal life and reduces your performance on the job because your brain isn’t receiving a respite.
Loner At Work
At your workplace, you need at least one colleague whom you can call a friend, confide in, and build a relationship with. It’s not feasible to work optimally or be content at work all the time. When you’re down, friends can help keep you motivated to look at the big picture.
It’s easier to vent your job frustrations out to someone who can easily relate to them and help out if needed. If you can’t find a friend at work, who you can truly rely on, there’s a cultural mismatch at your office. Even if you love your job, it’ll be difficult to grow and thrive in an environment in which you feel uncomfortable.
And if you’re an introvert, and would rather work alone, you can always try out the various online job services that are at your disposal.
No More Knowledge
If your learning curve at work has almost flattened, you may need to find a new job. You don’t have to learn something groundbreaking everyday, but at the very least, your existing skills need to evolve, and you should be acquiring new ones.
Of course, there may be situations where you can take this into your own hands. You can ask for new work or some constructive feedback, to learn more about yourself. If that isn’t possible, it’s clear that your company doesn’t care about your career development and you need to look elsewhere.
Go With Your Heart And Gut
These are just a few signs that you need to look out for if you’re second-guessing your career choice. Sometimes none of these may be applicable to your situation, and that’s when you need to go with your feelings.
“Not sure if job hatred or heartburn.”
If your heart isn’t in it, and you’re not enthusiastic about work, you should leave. Sticking around and allowing your performance to drop could negatively impact your colleagues and your chances of getting a new job.
If that isn’t applicable either, go with your gut. If your instinct tells you that you need to get away right now, leave. Promising opportunities are lying in wait for you.