The weekend festivities have ended and you dread waking up to that irritating buzz at six o'clock Monday morning. Like most, you are no stranger to hitting the snooze button probably 2 to 4 times before dragging your body out of bed. Meanwhile, as you get dressed for work, it hits you, that you HATE your job and don't want to be there anymore.
It's OK! You shouldn't beat yourself up for feeling this way. According to the Department of Labor, the decrease in unemployment is due to employees voluntarily leaving the workforce to either pursue a new career, meet family demands, enjoy retirement or become entrepreneurs. Whatever your reason for wanting to quit, it will be one of many hard decisions you will have to make in life. So let's think this through....
- Change of interest and/or passion: The object that made your job exciting is something you are no longer interested in.
- Boredom: Feels like you're wasting precious time. Your mind runs away with you and slowly you become disconnected from the task at hand.
- Claustrophobic: Spending the day confined to a cubicle or office (no matter the view) makes you feel like you are suffocating.
- Freedom: The ability to schedule your day as you see fit in order to be with family, go to school, take a vacation, attend important events and/or to focus on an amusing side business seems impossible.
- The money doesn't add up: Either you are overworked and underpaid. Or your happiness is priceless and it's not just about the money.
- Better opportunity: An offer for a career upgrade finally presents itself. A once in a lifetime opportunity fell into your lap. Even better, your side business/hobby is successful and makes you the same, if not more, money than your current job.
There are many other reasons. However, it's important to make sure that you are honest as to why you no longer see the purpose to wake up each day and go into work. If you don't figure that out, anything else you obtain afterwards may still not bring you self-satisfaction. Most vital choices require time and strategy. Just like anything that has its pros, there are also some cons to recognize that are not all that bad.
NOT TO QUIT
- No backup plan: You must always have a plan, then a backup plan for the original plan, just in case. This can come in the form of a job transfer to a preferred residential area, departmental promotion or company supported education for additional certifications.
- Procrastinator: Take too long to make things happen. If you lack self-motivation then you need to stay where you are currently until you build that up.
- Lack finance: Use the current job to finance the dream career or new lifestyle. Doing this will soften your transition to becoming self-employed.
- Emotional breakdown: A day that goes all wrong and builds up so much frustration causing you to walk out.
Sometimes staying is not a terrible thing. Be smart and use the bad to remodel and create a good thing for yourself. You should pay close attention to the things that you disliked about the job and focus on finding the opposite in your new opportunity. The most annoying thing is to complain about a problem but never doing anything to change it.
Once you've decided to take that leap of faith, use your time wisely. This will determine how long or how fast you see success. So dig deep and seriously put together a reachable goal. Whatever that is for you! Quitting a job is no laughing matter when you carry a big set of responsibilities. However, don't let that paralyze you from making a change for the better. Emphasis on BETTER....
Now, figuring out what your new career or lifestyle should be is a whole other story!!!