Hate Your Job? Here Are 5 Reasons It May be Time to Quit

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I like to tell my son that, “Quitters never win and winners never quit.”

But, sometimes, the time is just right to quit a hated, dead-end job.

You know the type of job I’m talking about: You sit in your cubicle every day, counting down the minutes to 6 o’clock. There is nothing that would make you happier than walking into your boss’ office and telling him you quit. However, you can’t just pull the plug. You have bills to pay and a reputation on the line. But is it worth it at the expense of your happiness and your future?

Here are 5 reasons that it might be time to move on:

1) There Is No Room for Growth

You put everything you have into your job but yet you feel like you’re not learning anything new or going anywhere. It’s difficult to stay motivated when you feel like there is no room for growth. If you’ve put the time and effort into a job and haven’t gotten a well-deserved promotion or any kind of recognition, it may be time to move on.

2) Mondays Are the Worse Days of the Week

Sunday nights and Monday mornings are the worst because all you can think about it having to go to work. If you dread going back to the office so much that it gives you anxiety, it’s a sign that your job isn’t right for you. Believe it or not, there is a job out there somewhere that you will be happy in. Don’t settle for something that you hate.

Check out this video clip to see what I mean:

3) You Are Financially Stable

A lot of people stay in jobs they hate, even if they are financially stable, out of fear, particularly fear that they won’t find another job. If you are financially stable and have a sizeable emergency fund, take a risk. Change doesn’t come out of thin air. If the reward is worth the risk for you, take it.

4) You Work In a Toxic Environment

Does your boss belittle or chastise you? Are any of your company’s practices unethical? Is your health or personal well-being in danger by working at your company? If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, you need to quit…now. Nothing, especially money, is worth your mental or physical health.

5) You Have Something Else Lined Up

This is the easiest reason you should quit a job you hate – you have another opportunity lined up. If you have another job lined up with a better title and a higher salary, you should seriously consider taking it. Of course, there are other things to consider, like company culture and benefits. However, if it feels right, then it’s right. Don’t worry about giving other people a hard time or what other people will think. You should make the right decision for you.

Quitting a job is not always the right answer. Many things can be fixed just by discussing it with your boss or spending a little more time in the position to get comfortable. However, if you really feel like your job isn’t right for you, it’s OK to quit. You shouldn’t spend your time being miserable doing something you hate. Your dream job is out there somewhere. It’s up to you to find it.

I urge you to read these books, which can help you put together a plan to transition out of your full-time, hated job into a career and lifestyle you love:

Two Keys to a Productive Lifestyle: Rest and Relax

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Our days can be filled with chaos and never ending to-dos right from the moment we wake up in the morning. It’s difficult to pull yourself away from everything because there is always something that needs to be done or someone that needs your help.

Think about it:

Do you check your emails the moment you wake up every morning?

Do you skip breakfast so that you can get the kids out the door and on time for school?

Do you each lunch at your desk every day to catch up on a few extra tasks?

Do you get less than 8 hours of sleep because you’re trying to cram as much into your day as possible?

You’ve probably answered yes to at least one of these questions. While having a “go, go, go” attitude can help you be more productive in the short term, it’s not sustainable for the long term. Burnout should be a serious concern for everyone, but it’s not.

Life can be overwhelming and trying to juggle it all is tough. It also doesn’t help that we create demanding schedules for ourselves when it’s not necessary. Productivity is tricky because it requires two things to be successful – time and energy. While we can’t increase the number of hours in a day, we can considerably increase our energy by doing the simplest things.

Log Off, Completely

With the power of technology these days, we are always connected. Sometimes, it’s difficult to ignore those emails, texts, or tweets when your phone is buzzing or blinking every 15 minutes. However, it’s important to remember to give your brain a break every now and then. The world isn’t going to end if you don’t know what your best friend is making for dinner. While it’s important to be in the loop with work, friends and family, take some time to completely disconnect and relax a little bit.

Sleep More, Eat Right

The number one reason why people feel tired and groggy throughout the day is because they don’t sleep enough. Sleeping for 7-8 hours every night may seem like the most impossible thing in the world but it’s important. You’ll be more alert and on top of your game during the day, which equals more productivity. It is also important to remember to eat right. Don’t skip meals (and no, a cup of coffee doesn’t count as breakfast). Your body and brain will thank you for it.

Schedule A Break

The idea of a vacation might seem like a far-off luxury but it shouldn’t be. Scheduling extended time off to relax, rest, and recharge is essential. You don’t have to necessarily go away to some exotic location for it to be considered a vacation. Plan a staycation – spend time with family and friends and do touristy activities in your area. And don’t check your emails. Give your mind some time off from work.

More and more companies are realizing the importance of work life balance and mental health with the implementation of flexible personal time off and subsidizing gym memberships and other activities. While working more may seem more productive, it really isn’t if your body and mind aren’t cooperating. Don’t forget that much needed R & R every once in a while.

3 Ways to Prevent Your ‘Stuff’ from Impeding Your Productivity

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Stuff  … we all have it, some more than others. We accumulate a lot of things throughout our lives, from clothes to furniture to random knick knacks sitting in our kitchen drawers. While they’ve all served some purpose at some point in our lives, the chances are that the majority of the stuff we own is now useless to us. Think about it: How much of your stuff do you actually use on a regular basis? Daily? Monthly? Yearly?

It is in our nature to hold on to things in case we need them again. But when does having stuff do you more harm than good? Having too much stuff can actually hinder your productivity. It rears its ugly head in the form of clutter. Have you ever misplaced your keys and then spent a good 10 minutes trying to find them before realizing it was under a pile of crap? Or maybe you were looking for an important document that was tucked away in your thousands of files? Clutter can always find a way to slow you down. Even if it’s just 5 minutes looking for this and 3 minutes looking for that, it all adds up.

So how do you get rid of clutter and increase your productivity? Here are a few easy ways:

1) Get Organized

Get your act together and clean up. Throw stuff away that you haven’t used in the past month. Figure out what what you need and find a place for it. The key part is creating a system thats works for you so that you will be able to maintain it.

This also goes for your computer – I’m guilty of having dozens of random files sitting on my desktop. Create folders and file everything away.

2) Stop Buying So Much Stuff

As consumers, impulse buying is one of the hardest things to stop yourself from doing. And retailers get that. They love to put little gadgets and knick knacks near checkout so that you feel compelled to just pick it up and buy it. And sadly, many of us fall for it. Next time you have that urge, figure out if you really need it or want it. If you can picture it sitting in your drawer most of the time, stop yourself from getting it.

3) Live Minimally

This may be a tough one because we’re all just so use to having stuff. Even in society, people define each other by what they have – the car you drive, the shoes you wear, or the house you live in. But at the end of the day, most of us can live with a lot less than what we have. Don’t let the clutter define you.

Just the presence of clutter can definitely hinder your productivity. So clean up and free up some space. Your sanity will thank you for it.

4 Reasons There’s Never An Ideal Time To Pursue Your Dreams

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Are you living your dream right now? For many who will read this, the answer to that question is”no”.

We all have dreams. They tend to evolve over time as we gain life experiences and meet new people who shape our views. For a few lucky people, their lives will turn out exactly the way they wanted. However, for many people, life gets in the way of pursuing dreams. We tend to push back whatever it is that we want to pursue to some arbitrary time in the future so that we can make a living right now. But when is that “ideal” time to pursue our dreams? There really is never an ideal time and here’s why:

1) That “Someday” Will Never Happen if You Don’t Make it Today

We always tend to say someday I’ll get to do this, and someday I’ll do that. However, when is that someday really? In reality, all we’re doing is pushing that day out to some random unknown day in the future that will never really exist. There’s never a better day to start than today.

2) You’re Not Getting Any Younger

The sad truth is that you’re not getting any younger; no one is. The more time you waste not pursuing your dreams now mean the less time you have to do it in the future. The earlier you start, the higher the chances are that you’ll succeed.

3) You Have More Time Than You Think

A common excuse for not pursuing your passions is time. Everyone is busy with work, families, and other commitments. There never seems to be enough hours in the day. But if you really want to make something happen, you find the time for it. Time management and prioritization is key to success in anything you do. You’ll have to make sacrifices and give up a few things here and there (don’t worry, there’s always DVR if you miss your favorite show).

4) There Will Always Be Obstacles

The funny thing about life is that it’s unpredictable. Maybe you’re not pursuing your dreams right now because you’re going through a rough patch and you’re waiting to get over the hump before taking a risk. But you never know, another hill could be waiting for you on the other side. There will always be obstacles, you can plan for them but you can’t predict them.

Ask yourself, what are you really waiting for? Life is about risk and those who are the most successful and the happiest take them. So don’t wait, just do it.

Rest Breaks Aren’t a Sign of Weakness — They’re a Sign of Productivity

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I’ve been known to compete in some long-distance road races, and one thing I learned over the years is that it’s okay to take small breaks along the route.

I used to see these breaks as a sign of weakness — evidence that I wasn’t tough enough to stick it out.

But one thing I learned is that not taking breaks actually caused me to finish my runs slower than when I took small breathers.

Why? Because the fatigue from not taking these small rest breaks wore me down and caused me to run the overall route slower than when I took these little rests.

I learned my lesson a few years ago while running the Chicago Half Marathon.  I didn’t take any breaks for the first half of the race, so that when the heat and the hills hit at the halfway point, I was drained.

So I began taking one-minute breaks every five minutes for the rest of the race.

The result? The second half of my race (with the breaks) was actually faster than the first half (without).

Is there anything we can learn from this for our business lives, as well?  As I wrote in this post, it isn’t always about working harder, it’s about working smarter.

And there are some techniques designed specifically around this principle of forcing yourself to take small breaks throughout the day:

  • This post suggests 48-minute increments are the best way to get work done.
  • Then, of course, there is the Pomodoro Technique, which uses a simple tomato-shaped kitchen timer to help you set your time constraints to get your priorities done.

Pulling all-nighters and marathon, rest-free work sessions might make you feel tough, but it’s probably actually hurting your overall work product — while leaving you drained and burned out.

Do you have any tricks for how you space breaks throughout the day (or week) to help you recharge and be more productive? Let us know in the comments!