It’s quite normal to feel restive at work sometimes. Everything from your dream job to the job you just stumbled into is prone to an occasional bout of restlessness. The real reason to worry would be if this restlessness is prolonged to months. So when to know it’s time to pack up?
The first reaction of someone who to their utter horror realizes that they have lost interest in their job is panic mode. They either assume that they are in the wrong field or that they have reached a saturation point in their job. And unfortunately, they might be right too. Then, it is better to just move on. However, your instincts can be wrong too sometimes. Before you plan your resignation letter, we, at Careermarshal, would like to dwell on some common signs that you might have reached the end of the rope. We will also decipher what your next strategy must be if you really are going to quit your job.
Look out for these signs:
1. You don’t want the weekend to end.
Getting all nervous and panicked whenever Monday rears its ugly head? Don’t leave in a jiffy and try to analyse what’s really causing this rut. Some people hand in their resignation just because they are dissatisfied with a certain aspect of it, only to later realize that grass was greener on their side. If you keep getting the Monday blues; start by making a list of pros and cons list of your job. What do you still find likeable about this company? Is it the environment? Your colleagues? Salary or the perks involved? See what outnumbers what. You might still get the pros outweighing the cons, with the exception of that niggling department. This tangible piece of information is something you can act upon. Get your boss or colleagues involved to find some solutions.
Another thing that could happen is that the negatives start to blur out the positives. This is your cue to start job-hunting. This transition period between the two jobs is very crucial. Make sure that you still give the output that is expected out of you. Don’t shirk your responsibilities at this job. Complete your pending tasks before leaving and offer support to your boss and colleagues in helping your replacement get up to pace if they find one. The value of good working relationships will open up a plethora of opportunities and avenues in the future.
2. You’ve outgrown your environment.
Life is a stage and phases of life – birth, infancy, youth etc are mere acts in the play. You will get accustomed to playing different roles throughout with adept and skill. You just need to find something that makes you tick, that makes you want to be associated with for the rest of life. It could be education, sports philanthropy etc. If you are a teacher at a school/college and start feeling restless in this role; it doesn’t mean that you have to abandon education altogether, it just means that you need to move on to the next phase of your career. It might be researched in education, opening up a school or something else. You just need a new environment to thrive in.
When such a situation arises, take into aspect your current circumstances. What is the best part of your job? Can you take that aspect and run with it do something tangible and rewarding? If you manage to find the answer to this question, you are ready for the next phase of your life.
3. You don’t love the mission.
Monotony is the biggest killer of passion. Routine can make your life very dull. You may not be able to perceive your contribution to the workplace. Think about why you got in the current career of your, it could reignite the passion that you had in the first place all those years ago. Do you really not identify with the purpose of your job or is it just a fleeting moment of indecisiveness? Try to get more involved by volunteering for other department work that is associated with your profile to feel that lost sense of connection. Maybe a change in role at your current company is in order. Start working to make that happen. Get involved in the bigger picture.
If you know for sure that the spark is really honed for your career, then it is time for Introspection. Consult your family, friends, close colleagues and mentors about what your next move should be. This period of indecision should propel you to do something special with your life. Work towards finding your true calling.
Never abandon your current and immediate responsibility
Even when you’re working towards your goal of finding the new passion, never side-line your immediate concerns. You might end up hurting your professional relationship that is hard to replace. Use this time to excel at your current job too and leave on a high point. Don’t leave room for any doubt. Don’t leave room for ‘What if?’ Make every opportunity count so that you can depart without regrets and lingering doubts.