You might be in a place right now where you may feel that it's time for change. Deep down you know it's true but sometimes you need some confirmation... Saying that here are some signs you can use as a checklist to help clarify your thoughts a little bit.
1. The fact that you clicked this post
Let's face it… If the title of this post caught your attention you’ve already thought about it and you’re probably looking for confirmation. I'm here to tell you that it's okay and you’re not alone!
2. Mornings are getting harder
Have you ever had a refreshing weekend and gotten a full nights sleep but once that morning alarm goes off you’re already irritable? I've experienced this time and time again. For example, every time I hear my alarm clock I automatically kiss my teeth in response. I personally have about 4 alarm clocks and most of the time I can get up once the first one goes off but… I don't want to. Sometimes all you need is some time off to recharge but in some cases that not enough. Sometimes you need a long long looonngg break which requires you never coming back.
You always want to start your day on a positive note but if the thought of work brings a nimbus cloud over your head it's time to get moving.
3. Your days feel long
Pretty straight forward. Every second, minute and hour drags. It hurts to look at the time. Your days feel so long that once it's time to clock out your exhausted even if you didn't do extremely demanding work. When your life starts to feel grey and routine, things tend to move in slow motion with little excitement or momentum.
4. You feel unmotivated and stagnant
You know deep down what you’re capable of and that you have a lot to offer but if you don't see any opportunities at your company to grow or you’ve offered ideas that have been tossed to the side it might be time for something new. I always like to encourage growth and sometimes that means having to leave the company you’re at because they’re not able to give you that ladder that you need. If all you’re doing is clocking in and clocking out while feeling like a robot… Time to clock out for good.
5. You sound very “meh” when talking about what you do
When people ask about what it is you do for a living, what do you say and how do you sound?
You spend majority of your day at work and when it comes to your career it should be something you’re passionate about. Ideally you should be speaking with enthusiasm in a way that you engage others leaving thinking, “man.. That's really cool! I can tell you enjoy what you’re doing”. In contrast if you’re shrugging you shoulders and keeping the conversation short it might be time for a new job or better yet a career change entirely. It's never too late to try something new!
6. You’re giving you’re all with zero recognition or little pay
It's not always about money when it comes to the work that you do however if you’re giving blood, sweat and tears and your employer isn't even giving you a pat on the back it might be time for a new environment. This is especially true if you’re barely able to cover your expenses. This kind of a situation is truly stressful and it's time you put your needs first which includes your mental health and your financial situation.