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5 Signs That It Might Be Time To Leave Your Current Job

Work isn’t always going to be a walk in the park. After all, it’s called “work,” not “fun time.” So yes, it’s par for the course to have your off days, just as you would in your personal life. But if you’re finding that you’re having more bad days than good, and it’s beginning to impact your personal happiness, it might be time to take a closer look at what’s going on in your workplace. Here are some signs to look out for, as you try to determine whether it’s time to say goodbye to your current gig.

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You Never Want To Go To Work

Having a sense of dread at the mere thought of going to work isn’t a good sign. It’s one thing to be reluctant, but dread means that there’s probably stress and anxiety tied to your job that exceeds your threshold of acceptability. How are you supposed to be productive when you don’t even want to be there?

You Constantly Complain About Your Job

People often say that if you have nothing nice to say, then you shouldn’t say anything at all. When it comes to your work, if you have nothing nice to say, then you probably shouldn’t be working there at all. Venting about your job regularly brings negativity into your work environment, and nobody benefits from that.

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You Procrastinate At The Office

To procrastinate is to be human. But if you’re doing it with alarming regularity while at work, and all the while keeping an eye on the clock, it’s a sign that you just don’t want to be there. Now, there are times when you may have something exciting going on when you get off work, but if this is an everyday occurrence, you’re wasting your potential, and should probably find another way to earn a living.

You Don’t Feel Challenged Anymore

While many jobs involve engaging in somewhat repetitive tasks, it’s important to feel challenged at work, because that’s at the heart of what will keep you excited and engaged. If you’re no longer thrilled about doing something at work, despite it becoming almost second nature to you, a change may be in order.

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You’re Already In Contact With A Headhunter

A headhunter is someone who gets into contact with an already-employed individual, with the hope of getting them to choose a new job or career path. The mere fact that you’re entertaining someone in the profession means you’re open to the prospect of making a move. While the paradox of choice looms large over this generation of workforce employees, there’s a difference between having a friendly conversation and staying in regular contact with a known headhunter.

It’s important to honor the truth of how your work makes you feel. While certain life situations might prevent people from taking risky jumps into new careers, it’s always possible to explore what else is out there and to slowly build toward a big change over time. Don’t spend your entire life doing something you hate. You spend over 2,000 hours a year at your job, on average, so why not enjoy that time as much as you can?