Nearly everyone, at some point in their career, has had a job that, well ... makes them miserable. The kind of job that makes you yearn for the weekend and dread Monday mornings. The kind where you mentally check-out before you arrive each day.
Often, whether it's out of complacency or fear, we end up staying in these positions for much longer than we should.
In my case, I spent five years too many in a job that was leading me no where. Five years in the prime of my career. Five years of hating Mondays.
While I knew I wasn't happy, it wasn't immediately clear that it was directly related to working in a job I didn't enjoy. If only I could have seen the signs earlier.
To help you avoid the same mistake I made, here are some tell-tale signs that you're on the wrong path:
- Answering emails seems like an exhausting task.
- 50 percent of your day is spent doing random searches on Google.
- You're holding the phone to your ear, but not actually calling anyone.
- You're typing an email to no one to make it appear that you're working.
- You visit the bathroom more than five times a day, each visit increasing in length.
- You fall asleep while driving your car to work.
- You're bored by 8:30 a.m.
- You walk around the office pretending to be on your way to do something important.
- You take the over on start time.
- You take the under on quitting time.
- You realize you've just stared at your computer screen for 15 minutes without knowing time has past.
- You have internal fits of rage when someone asks you to do something that's part of your job.
- You're actually getting good at doodle art.
- You spend more time justifying why something isn't done than it would have taken to just get it done.
- You strategically spread out questions for your boss throughout the day to appear more active.
- It takes an hour from when you arrive to when you actually do something productive.
- The first conversation you have with co-workers in the morning is about lunch.
- You really enjoy playing out the mock resignation in your mind.
- You've become an expert at early-illness diagnosis and miraculous recovery.
- You worry that "this is the best it's going to get."
- When asked by outsiders, you downplay your industry knowledge for fear that others will think you enjoy it.
- You become a "social media expert" based on the amount of time you spend on Facebook.
- Drinking on Tuesdays becomes a thing.
- Friday at lunch is considered the end of your week.
If you can relate to anything above, it may be time to quit your job.
For the record, I'm guilty of all of the above.