Any job, even your favorite one, can over time become a tiresome routine and a professional torment. When the pleasure of the job disappears, it is worth considering whether it is time for a change.
Few people really enjoy their work, and the reasons for this can be varied – from lack of motivation, to bad management, to an unpleasant atmosphere in the team. However, there are times when someone is doing what they love in life, can make money at it, and derives professional satisfaction from it. Unfortunately, one day that feeling disappears, and a once-enjoyed job starts to become tiresome.
Here are some signs that you’ve reached an impassable limit, and probably only a change of job can help.
You are not excited about another day at the office, the same tasks and faces. You’re lethargic and constantly tired, nourishing on your days off and losing your strength when the work week begins. Even on vacation and holidays, you think about how much you dislike your job and begin to suffocate in it.
If your diet consists mainly of antidepressants, tranquilizers and sleeping pills – not good. Likewise if you have to turn to stimulants after work to fully relax. Of course, a glass of wine is nothing bad, but getting drunk every day is a bad sign. The constant emotional strain of work takes away from your health and enjoyment of life. Remember that no job is worth it.
This happens when the work-life balance becomes completely disturbed. When the “home-work-home” pattern turns into “work-home-work”. Do you have anything else besides work? Hobbies, friends, family, personal life? Do you have time for yourself? If the answer to all of these questions is “no,” then you know what you need to do. There is more to life than daily reports, pressing deadlines and a boss hanging over you like a guillotine.
Tasks have become too easy, and their implementation has become automatic – what kind of development can we talk about here? There are no challenges waiting for you at work, you don’t feel that you are learning something new, you can’t feel satisfaction and talk about your work with satisfaction. It could be that you have simply reached the limits of your abilities at your current job and are ready to spread your wings elsewhere.
A sad picture unfolds before you – you in 10 years, in exactly the same place, with the same salary and responsibilities. No opportunity to develop and improve your skills, no sense of fulfillment or meaning. You feel like you are wasting your time and your work has no meaning – it is neither interesting nor useful. If you feel like you could have more, you’re probably right.
The human factor at work is very important. A cohesive and compatible team and a good atmosphere can make up for a lot of hard work. Toxic co-workers, team conflicts, gossip, and malice can suck the energy and motivation out of anyone and sicken a beloved job. The same goes for inept and unprofessional management that doesn’t respect employees and uses threats and punishments as incentives. The longer you stay in a toxic atmosphere, the worse you will feel.
Life changes are natural and inevitable, but most of all, they are necessary. If your body and mind are telling you that you don’t feel good in your current job, don’t make excuses and for your own sake look for something that will bring you back to joy and motivation.