It’s a dilemma many workers face – how to know when it’s time to quit. If you’re not sure whether you should stick with the job you’re in or throw in the towel, the following signs may help you decide.
- Extreme boredom – Sure, some days at work are more exciting than others, but if you find that every day in the office is a snooze-fest, it may be time to find a new gig.
- That sinking feeling – If just thinking about your job makes you want to throw up, guess what? It’s time to quit.
- No room for growth – Being comfortable in your position is a good thing. However, being so comfortable in your position that you’re never challenged or intrigued is definitely not a good thing. If your job just doesn’t stimulate you like it used to, it might be time to move on.
- Failing mental health – If your current position causes you so much stress that you fear your mental health is at stake, get out of there fast!
- Something better (for your soul) comes along – Perhaps one of the clearest signs that it’s time to quit your job is if a better position becomes available to you. But judging a “better” opportunity isn’t as clear-cut as you might think. Just because another position pays more, that doesn’t mean you’ll be happier in it.
- Retirement seems much too far away – If you’re under the age of 40 and you can’t stop dreaming about retirement, you may want to consider changing careers.
- Things are going from bad to worse – Some days at work are bound to be better than others, but if you get the impression that each new day on the job is a little worse than the one before it, it might be quitting time.
- You don’t fit in – Sometimes, it takes a while to adjust to a new job. But if you’ve been in the same position for some time, and you still don’t feel like you fit in, you might want to seek employment elsewhere.
- Your jar is empty … literally – If you’re not comfortable leaving your job based on an intangible “sign” or feeling, there’s another way to make the decision. Get a small Mason jar, and fill it with rocks. The size of those rocks is up to you. The more you want to quit right now, the bigger the rock. But don’t choose any rocks bigger than half the size of your fist. Every time something happens that makes you want to quit your job, you should remove a rock from the jar. Every time you have a moment that would make you want to stick with the job you have, add a rock to the jar. Do this until the jar is either empty or you can no longer put rocks in the jar. Then, make your decision.