We all have our bad days at work. But if the days have turned into months or even years, and you’re more dissatisfied than annoyed in your current role, it might be time to say goodbye to your job. But how do you know if it’s time to send that resignation letter and start anew somewhere else?
Here are signs to watch out for:
1. You’re perpetually bored and unmotivated.
You used to love the kind of work you’re doing in the company, but not anymore. If this is a constant scenario for you, it might be time to look for another job. Feeling bored and unmotivated at work is normal, but feeling it every single day and wishing you were doing something more ‘exciting’ is not.
When you’re perpetually bored with your job, it might not be the right job for you anymore. Perhaps your professional goals have changed over the years, or maybe you want to switch industries and try something out of your comfort zone. You can also look for career counselling services to guide you in your career path.
2. There’s no work-life balance.
Anything in excess can be bad, and that also applies to your professional life. There’s a thin line between hard work and overwork, and the latter can stress you out and even lead to burnout. Do you only get four hours of sleep every day because of the piles of work you have to finish? Or you can’t have some quality time with your family during weekends because of work?
If you can’t seem to switch off and your work demands most of your time even during your rest day, that’s a sign to rethink your current job. Remember, your job is important, but work-life balance is, too.
3. Procrastination has become a habit.
Do you catch yourself procrastinating more often? It could be a sign that it’s time to leave. When you procrastinate, you only care about getting it done because it’s a required task. You don’t care about quality anymore. You only want to get it done because there’s a deadline and don’t want to get a memo for not doing it.
4. Your attitude may have changed.
Do you want to skip going to work today to just rest at home? Normal. How about dreading going to work every single day and being annoyed with every aspect of your job, including the littlest details? Probably not normal.
Take a look at your attitude during your first few months versus your attitude today. If there’s some shift and it’s already affecting your work, a new job might do you good.
5. You’re always looking at other opportunities.
When you’re satisfied with your job, your focus is only on doing great at work. You’re not thinking about looking for another job. But if you catch yourself browsing job ads and considering other opportunities lately, that’s one glaring sign that it’s time to hand over your resignation letter.
Leaving your current job for another can be quite challenging. You might not even be sure that you want to look for another job. But if any or all of these signs apply to you, trust that leaving your current job will be for the better.