When you first start, you are getting used to the atmosphere and the stresses, but you also love the novelty and the benefits. You hit a honeymoon phase where the world is wonderful and the free lunches and the dental insurance make everything worth it.
However, just like any relationship, finding the right career path can also sometimes be painful. It can be hard to tell if you and your career hitting a rough patch or if you should break up indefinitely.
Here are some signs that you’re over your current job.
You dread going to work. This isn’t just the regular Monday morning blues. If you wake up and your lunch break is the only thing that keeps you going throughout the morning, it may be time to look elsewhere. Singing the lyrics to “Closing Time” by Semisonic every time you clock out is also a pretty bad sign.
You are irritable with co-workers over little things. Working with the same people all day every day can get old quick, but if you begin to cringe every time Brian takes an overly loud sip of water or hate the way that Karen holds the stapler upside down, you may have a problem.
You see obstacles as a barrier, not a challenge. Having a job you enjoy turns frustrations and red tape into challenges that are worth overcoming. But if you are getting tired of your job, those stumbling blocks basically become cement walls you can barely get over.
You stop smiling. It might sound a little silly, but this is actually a really good test to see if you’re happy in your job. Are you actually happy with your work or are you just forcing a smile when you pass the boss to earn brownie points?
You fantasize about working at the grocery store (or something similar). Envying the job of a garbage man or a sewage worker is not exactly normal. If you spend your time thinking about how great it would be to do anything other than your job, it might be time to find a new job.
You constantly check the clock. If you’re getting sick of your career, chances are that five minutes will feel like fifty. You’ll begin a love/hate relationship with your clock, because it can both give you freedom and take it away.
Your procrastination is getting out of hand. There are only so many times that you can use the bathroom or check social media. If you are finding any way to avoid major projects and aren’t meeting deadlines, you are probably getting burned out.