3 Things To Ask Yourself Before Quitting Your Job
Everyone gets to a point in their adult life when they question their career path, their purpose in life, and what legacy they want to leave behind. Sometimes it’s because we’re feeling devoid of inspiration, or someone at work is making it feel like torture to come in every day, or maybe it’s because we keep comparing our lives to our friends (or even strangers) on Instagram and we don’t quite measure up.
We wish we could work less, travel more, and YOLO more often, but instead we’re stuck in offices or boring routines and we’re itching to break free. But before you turn in that resignation letter, ask yourself these first to make sure you’re not rushing head first in a situation you might regret seconds after you give your 30-day notice.
What’s making you feel unsatisfied or unhappy?
You need to be totally honest about why you feel you’re better off someplace else. Maybe you’re just feeling lazy these days and you think other people have more exciting jobs that keep them interested while getting paid for it. Newsflash: that’s everybody’s dream.
Happiness at work comes in waves. You also need to level your expectations, taking special note of how you’re performing as well. You can’t get what you don’t give. If you’re feeling lazy, maybe office karma is feeling the same way about you.
Be honest in your assessment because if you’re putting all the blame on your job, your officemates, or your boss, chances are, even if you do transfer to a different one you’re bound to take all that dissatisfaction with you.
Where will you go?
Some people are so lucky they can afford not to have a steady gig. Are you one of them? Because if you’re not, you need to have a plan for when you do decide to leave. That’s not to say you shouldn’t quit without a new job waiting for you. Some people actually respond more to not having a safety net.
But the important thing is to know where you want to go. Always take the time to reflect on what your heart is craving for so you know what kind of change you’re heading towards. Not having direction will only exacerbate your feeling of being lost. Put your ducks in a row and figure out how to get to where you want to be. That 5-year plan will keep being 5 years if you don’t start walking towards attaining it.
While you’re listening to your heart, also keep an eye open for your responsibilities. Just because you’re trying to find your passion doesn’t mean you throw caution (and your bills) to the wind. Never shirk your financial responsibilities because mounting debt could just lead you to accept jobs you don’t want to be doing, which brings you back to square one.
Can you make those changes while you are where you are?
Before you head towards the unknown, shop around where you are first. If you’re not unhappy with the company you work for, then it’s worth looking at what other people are doing. Does anybody else’s job interest you? Do you want to try being in a different department? Sometimes a lateral shift in the company could do wonders.
Don’t be afraid to ask your officemates what it is they do, what it entails, and if they like what they’re doing. Better yet, ask your HR if there are any openings and look through those first.
If you find that your heart really isn’t in your job anymore, then do yourself a favor and move on from it and head towards something else that’s worth your time. Staying in a job that makes you miserable doesn’t just eat away at your soul, but it will also affect others around you negatively. And you don’t want to be that person.
Keep opening doors, going through windows, and eventually you’ll find exactly what it is that’s for you.
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