10 Signs You Hate Your Job And Need A Change
It’s Monday morning, and you’re jolted from a great dream by pain-in-the-rear alarm clock beep, reminding you that you have re-entered your reality.
A 9-5 job. In the real world.
In this article, 10 Signs You Hate Your Job, we will look at some signs you may be exhibiting if you feel that you’re at the end of your rope with your job or career choice.
Let me hit you with some numbers real quick.
The average person spends 1/3 of their life at work. I don’t know about you, but for me that sounds like a long time!
CBS News reports that, of the 100 million full-time employed population, 51% aren’t engaged at work and feel bored and unsatisfied, and 16% are ACTIVELY disengaged…meaning that they are actually more trouble to their coworkers, and more counterproductive, than not.
We all know someone who is like the 16%. And if you can’t think of anyone, it’s probably you. ?
Sometimes, it’s time to move on. You just need to know when to do it.
1. You Begin The Countdown On Monday Morning
If you hate your job, you know the countdown I’m talking about.
You wake up each morning, beginning with Monday morning, saying to yourself, “OK, I can do this. Only five more days…only four more days..only three more days…so on and so forth.”
Sunday is completely unenjoyable, because you have already begun to dread the work week.
Next weekend seems like it’s a lifetime away.
Your alarm clock has become your worst enemy…besides your boss.
And your whole body feels heavy as you jump in the shower, brush your teeth, and begin the commute to work.
2. Underpaid And Overworked
You have just been given a promotion!
Great! Kind of.
Your responsibilities go up, but your pay doesn’t.
You wait patiently, but the raise never comes, and you are becoming exhausted and resentful.
You are drowning in responsibility, and don’t have much to show for it.
3. Easily Annoyed Both At Work And Home
Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING gets on your nerves.
I’ve been there, folks! For me it was because I dreaded work.
The people that you work with are annoying and you need to dip out to take another “restroom break” every 30 minutes to avoid losing your mind.
You might even ordinarily like your coworkers, but because of the dislike for your job, you are on edge and irritated by even the small stuff.
At home, you might be easily annoyed by family or friends, simply because work is permeating into every part of your mind.
4. Bored and Unproductive
You don’t feel like you are being challenged near enough.
You aren’t living up to your full potential because you have a job or career that isn’t even in line with what you want to be doing, or thought you would be doing at this point in your life.
You graduated from college thinking that you would easily find a great job in your chosen field…and it didn’t work out that way.
You have little-to-no interest in the work you are doing, and you are so bored you can barely keep your eyes open.
This leads to a lack of productivity…which appears to your boss to be a lack of understanding and knowledge.
See where we’re headed? Not good.
5. You Aren’t Seeing Any Results
You work hard, semi-like your job, and even put in a few extra hours, but nothing is coming of it.
You feel slightly taken advantage of.
The knowledge that you have, and the time you are putting in is not being acknowledged, neither in praise nor pay.
Feeling burnt-out because of lack of results, you are annoyed, hurt, and not feeling motivated anymore.
6. You Feel Like You Have No Say So
Your boss has micro-management fully figured out.
You have a lot to offer, but every bit of your work day is controlled and managed from up-close or a distance.
You’re spending your whole day at work…five days a week…and you feel like a robot going through the motions on auto-pilot.
Your ideas proposals are swiftly rejected, and you feel you are just another number – and totally expendable.
It’s been a long week.
You are on your way home from work – and you feel nothing.
No sense of accomplishment or satisfaction.
No feeling of a job well done.
The only thing you feel is relief that the work week is over and you’ll soon be relaxing on the sofa and dreading the upcoming work week.
You simply don’t get any positive feelings about the work that you have done, and you don’t feel like what you are doing makes a difference at all.
8. Look For Excuses To Miss
Your second cousin on your step-dad’s side, twice-removed is having minor outpatient surgery.
So what if you’ve only spoken once or twice in your entire life!
It’s a good reason to miss work!
You constantly look for reasons to call in, or to schedule off.
Nothing is too trivial, no excuse off limits.
Your friend’s dog has died three times now, and you’re worried that your boss might catch on eventually.
You just don’t want to be at work!
9. You Envy Your Friends
You and a few friends from high school get together for old time’s sake, and the discussion quickly turns to career choice.
You hear your friends speaking about where they are in life, and what they do…and it all sounds way more glamorous and important than what you’re doing…in fact, you might even embellish a little to make your job seem more interesting.
You see that your friends love their careers, and you wonder why you don’t feel that way.
10. You Are Embarrassed
You meet someone new at a party or event.
Normally, after the initial introduction..new people want to know what you do for a living.
I can’t even tell you how many times I have answered that question, and how long the answer is!!
“Hi, I’m Darci. I’m an Internet Marketing Entrepreneur and I work from home teaching others how to be successful in online business and affiliate marketing. I’m also a Cosmetologist, Skin Care Expert, Makeup Artist, and LMT.
It’s a mouthful!
But the point is, I’m proud of it. 🙂
If you aren’t proud to announce what your profession is, it might be a sign that you aren’t happy with your job or career.
You might try to divert attention elsewhere, or skirt around the question entirely.
You don’t really want people to know what you do.
What Do I Do If I Hate My Job?
The good news is, there are millions of other possibilities.
The first step is to ask yourself what you are really interested in doing. Don’t stay in the lines or think safe.
I mean REALLY be honest about what you would like to do.
Do you like to get out there and hustle everyday? Like to be around people?
Or would you rather work from home?
With the internet available, you can research to your heart’s content and find opportunities for yourself.
Don’t settle. I’m not telling you to quit your job immediately, but I would definitely shoot for the stars. You don’t know if you can do something until you try!
I would know! I went from working in the beauty industry to working in the internet marketing industry! Sound crazy? It was! Did I still jump on the opportunity? YES I DID!
If you’re going to spend 1/3 of your life at work, why not be happy with what you’re doing?
Once you have several opportunities lined up (and they don’t have to be in the same field), tackle them!
Go on interviews, start working on a business of your own, network with people, join groups online of people with similar interests, ask to be mentored…the list goes on and on.
And…when you believe that you have been presented with a great opportunity, why not take it?
If the pay is enough, and you find yourself smiling and excited when you think about it…that’s already more than you are getting at your current job!
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Remember. It is 100% possible to love what you do, and do what you love!
Thanks for reading! I hope this article has helped!
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