Though people have to be financially responsible, they give themselves the opportunity to explore and to search for a job that will make them happy.
Needless to say, quitting your job is a big decision, an exciting yet scary endeavor.
On one hand, we remember that we have to survive and pay the bills. On the other hand, we no longer have to put up with bad decisions, poor workmanship and slow processes.
Wondering how to recognize when it’s time to quit your job and how to effectively develop an exit strategy?
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15 Signs It’s Time To Quit
Sometimes, we are in way over our heads, other times we just want to collect that paycheck and nothing else. It becomes hard to notice the signs that it’s time to quit.
You know it’s time to quit when:
#1. You Desperately Look For Reasons To Quit
Your job has become a problem and is weighing heavy on your shoulder. You feel it in your bones and your desire to quit roams your brain all day.
At this point, anything would justify your desire to quit.
If you don’t get your morning coffee, then it’s time to quit.
If your train runs late, then it’s time to quit.
If there is too much traffic today, then it’s definitely time to quit.
#2. You Believe The Grass Is Greener On The Other Side
You are low-key envious of people who quit their job and who start their own business ventures.
#3. You Are Burnt Out
When it’s time to quit, your intuition will usually let you know in advance that something is wrong.
If you don’t pay attention to your intuition, your mind ill start to go in overdrive.
Finally, your body will suffer the repercussion.
You are burnt out if:
- You are doing your best on the job but your best doesn’t seem to be enough.
- You don’t have the energy or the time to do your work.
- Your physical health suffers. working out doesn’t help anymore and you have probably put on weight.
- You don’t pay attention to your personal grooming.
#4. You Require A Better Work Life Balance
You bring your job home and incessantly complain about it.
You don’t take care of yourself or your family.
You believe that you deserve a better work-life balance.
#5. You Are Depressed Every Sunday Night
Sunday nights are extremely depressing because you remember your past week and because you dread Monday mornings.
#6. You Are Underperforming
You are underperforming and are making too many mistakes on things that you used to be good at.
You have been unable to reach deadlines, to defend your progress and perspectives.
You constantly look for distraction from your work environment whether you are on or off the job.
Furthermore, you don’t care about your workplace performance, your reputation, your well-being, the opinion of your coworkers, and the respect for our boss is gone.
#7. You Are Undervalued And Underutilized
You feel underappreciated and are bored to death.
You have no voice within the organization.
You don’t feel like your strengths and weaknesses are being adequately used.
#8. You Take Too Many Breaks
You have been absent and keep taking more absence leaves that you used to.
Basically, you cannot wait for the day to end.
You plan your breaks, your lunches and your vacations before you even start your workday. You obsess about your vacations and your mental health depends on them.
You go to the bathroom too often and take too many calls out of your office.
#9. You Just Don’t Fit In
Working gives us the means to survive and is quasi inevitable.
You need more freedom to express yourself and the company culture does not allow your form of expression.
#10. Your Job Does Not Align With Your Life Purpose
You spent time studying for a degree, graduated and your college degree doesn’t match your job description.
In addition, you don’t understand your task, get no satisfaction from doing your job and you start questioning the purpose of your job.
#11. You Cannot Project Yourself In The Future
There are no growth opportunities to evolve, to move towards a new position, to learn new skills.
You cannot project yourself in the future because you have other plans for your future, your leadership vision is not being executed, your life is changing but your salary isn’t, your colleagues are getting better paid than you do or because you have been passed up for promotion too many times.
#12. Your Social Life Is Affected
Your social life is stunted and your relationships are strained.
You don’t want to bring up work with your friends and family.
Conversations about work with people you enjoy depress you, project you in negative thoughts and negative emotions overwhelm you.
You are not a complainer but you start complaining NON STOP about your job. You bring up the subject with whomever even when it doesn’t matter.
#13. The Ethics On Your Job Are Questionable
You work in a toxic environment:
- Your higher-ups and your organization generally lack ethics.
- Your core leadership values don’t align with those of your organization.
- You experience an emotional rollercoaster daily.
- You are perpetually in fight or flight mode. You are either looking for conflict or hiding from everyone and everything.
- You are being bullied, your self-esteem is continually being attacked and your ethics are daily challenged.
- You suddenly cannot stand your colleagues and find faults in everything that they do.
#14. Your Leader Is Out Of Control
Employees don’t leave a job, they leave bad bosses.
You don’t admire or respect your leaders. You don’t ask them for advice anymore and question their decisions.
#15. Your Organization Is Laying People Off
Your organization is facing serious financial difficulties and you think that you will get laid off.
You have to financially take care of yourself and quit.
There are two options after quitting your job: either you find another one or you create one. Just remember that not all workplaces are the same.
Developing An Exit Strategy
Sometimes, we have reached our limits and it’s time to quit. However, it’s always important to develop an exit strategy.
- Examine your mental, physical and emotional health.
- Take time off to think about yourself. Identify your core values, your purpose, your strengths and weaknesses.
- Evaluate your motivations to stay on the job. Look around for clues that it’s time to quit your job. You can do a pros and cons list.
- Think about the consequences of leaving your job.
- Plan your future before quitting. It is imperative that you:
- Analyze your skill sets and check which ones you wish to develop.
- Find out which field you wish to work in and discuss it with people who are in your field of preference.
- Proactively look for another job. Keep looking for job and applying online while you are still employed. It is recommended to discreetly find a new job before moving on to the new one.
- Pick your next profession with care.
- Build a solid vision.
- Prepare yourself for the next opportunity and get rid of past baggage.
- Be comfortable with change and embrace the unknown.
- Speak to your close friends and family about your decision. Ultimately, you know what is best for you.
- Be confident in your decision, acknowledge that there is no shame in quitting and understand that there is no perfect time to quit.
- Leave on good terms even though you hated your job.
Last Words Of Advice!
Quitting your job doesn’t mean being jobless, giving up on yourself or that you have failed altogether. During the quitting process, it is detrimental to grow internally, to keep yourself busy and stay on purpose.
Furthermore, you can either go after your dreams or help someone else build their own.If you don't build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” Tony Gaskins Click To Tweet
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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