Jobs are often described as a necessary evil, and for the most part it’s true: the vast majority of us need to work in order to live. It may be necessary, but that doesn’t mean we have to be miserable while we’re earning to pay for our essentials and luxuries (why oh why does Netflix cost money?) Because having a job is something we need, we are usually blind to just how much it affects our personal life. We’ll often hang onto a job, even if it sacrifices our happiness in exchange. Here are some tell-tale signs that it’s time to get out of there:
You dread waking up in the morning:
Although at least eighty per-cent of the population grimace at the thought of a 6am alarm, the sensation should wear off once you’ve had your caffeine/sugar fix. If the prospect of dragging yourself into work on a Monday morning (another global dislike) is almost overwhelming, you might be suffering more than you should be. Everybody would prefer to be waking up in a 5-star hotel in the Caribbean, but getting to your job on time should not tempt you to shove pins in your eyes as a preferred alternative.
You’re getting too complacent:
The mistake that a lot of people make is confusing complacency for happiness. While you may not be crawling to your desk on your hands and knees, you shouldn’t feel too comfortable in any given job. Why? A proper job should challenge you every once in a while and provide you with opportunities to learn and better yourself. If you’re doing the same thing in and out, day-to-day, you’ll eventually get stale. Variety is the spice of life, after all: switching from wine to vodka at the weekend won’t quite cut it (both is asking for trouble, you crazy cat).
You feel confined:
Do you spend your nine to five job boxed up in one of those shoddy office blocks, surrounded by partitions? While environments like that can be extremely useful for blocking out bad-breathed, whistling or otherwise infuriating colleagues, for some it can feel like your own personal corner of hell (with pictures of your family in it). Feeling confined isn’t just a physical sensation either: your boss or workmates might crowd you while you’re trying to work, or you might be unable to step foot outside dealing with customer complaints. If your job description is too restricting for you, you probably need a new one altogether.
You constantly feel under-appreciated:
There is nothing worse than working your ass off for an underwhelming ‘thank you‘ or worse yet, not being recognized for your hard work. Worse still would be your superiors (or sneaky co-workers) taking the credit or reaping the benefit of your best efforts. It’d be like winning first in a competition and watching the guy who rolled in last take your prize: not cool. If you’re beginning to feel like a pack mule and you know your department would flounder without your unfairly hidden contributions, quit and forever picture them cursing the day they lost you.
It’s getting hard not to flip out at your boss:
Funnily enough, your boss should not be someone you’re forever internalizing fury for. If your job has you working for an arrogant, uncaring boss who would very easily win asshole of the year, you shouldn’t be putting yourself through those trials five days a week. Sometimes it’s not the job, but the boss, and sometimes life is just unfair like that. Before you attempt to sabotage them or explode into a profanity-spewing rage for the entire office to see, you might want to bow out quietly so your resume is still in one piece for your next job (even if telling him/her to fuck off and die would feel equivalent to an orgasm).
Friends say you’re always moody:
You can normally rely on your friends to tell the truth in any given situation. If they comment on your persistently shitty mood, you should probably listen to them, as others may be too polite to point out that you’ve become the party-pooper of the group. If they’re good friends, they should also point out if you’re complaining about work all the time. Granted, complaining about things always feels like a therapy session, but whining about how much your job sucks twice a week gets old pretty quickly.
You literally cry when the weekend arrives:
The weekend is, and always will be the best part of any working week (unless you work them). If you’re pulling your hair out on Thursday and you’re counting the seconds on the clock come Friday afternoon like a child waiting for Summer, it might be time to re-evaluate your job. We all have weeks that test our sanity from time to time, but if you live for the weekend there’s a problem you might not be aware of. Work can actually be kind of fun, you know.