It's funny how you don't realise how unhappy you have been with a certain aspect of your life until you find a better situation. I quit my day job, after 2.5 years being at it, in October, and have been working my ass off at my new gig for the last month.
From a section editor of a local website, I'm now an Editor of an entire website, which is part of an expanding international media group.
I know that for the past ten months before Sassy came along, I haven't been excited about my job at all, and for many reasons - one of which includes being a responsible adult - I pulled up my big girl panties every morning and went to work. I didn't bother looking for a different job because despite every infuriating monthly pickle I'd find myself in, it was comfortable. And comfort isn't exactly the best thing when you want to be a better version of yourself tomorrow.
If you're thinking of quitting the job that you have now for a new one, it's ok to. Yes, think about your financial responsibilities and think about what you have to sacrifice. But here are some whys and whens it's time you quit that job.
QUIT YOUR JOB IF... YOU'RE BORED & UNINSPIRED
I was trying. I really was. I was coming up with new ideas - I was trying to create video content but after two and a half years at a role that wasn't going anywhere and I received no recognition, or appreciation of any kind, I was incredibly unmotivated and I felt down and defeated. I mean, I emotional when I'm PMSing, but I don't usually get down and out about life. I was exhausted with the monotony of my own existence. It shouldn't be a way for anyone to live.
QUIT YOUR JOB IF... YOU HATE THE WORK
I love writing - it's my first love, and will always, always be but it came to a point where I resented even the mere thought of writing, and if I did, I wouldn't even add my byline to it. What was the point of putting your name to something that you're not proud of? If you hate what you do, leave.
QUIT YOUR JOB IF... YOU DON'T WANT THE JOB YOUR BOSS HAS
I never wanted my old boss' job. Not because I don't want to run a website, because obviously I do that now, although in a different dynamic, but because it was a website I never wanted to run. In the time I was there, I tried to change what I could with what I had and I liked the product I had created... until I didn't like it anymore. If you're staying put in your current job because of career advancement and yet you don't want your boss' job, get out of there.
QUIT YOUR JOB IF... YOU'RE STAYING FOR LOYALTY'S SAKE
I am fiercely loyal. Unabashedly unfalteringly so. But let me tell you this - if you stay at a job because you're loyal to the company or the people that you work with, mark my words - it will take you nowhere. Nobody has your back other than the people you can truly call family - and that doesn't even necessarily mean the people related to you (my extended paternal family for example, save for one cousin, are all dead or non-existent to me). People are fundamentally selfish creatures - it's unfortunate but it is what it is. People who sit opposite you at work can be saccharinely sweet, but take it from me - maybe add some salt to it. Sometimes people are just really, really good liars.
While I like to believe that we live in a world where humans care for each other, I've seen that that's not true. When push comes to shove, I will walk through fire to protect my tribe - and other people, people whom I have had no emotional connection with, will be left behind.
QUIT YOUR JOB IF... YOUR DUTIES HAVE INCREASED BUT YOUR PAY HASN'T
Your pay cannot be the same from Day 1 to Day 400, duh. Sometimes increase in workload without a pay raise may be due to downsizing, and sometimes it’s just management being assholes and taking advantage of you. Either way, it might be time to pursue options that compensate you fairly.
QUIT YOUR JOB IF... YOU WAKE UP DREADING THE DAY
All I looked forward to for the first ten months of the year was going to the gym, because going to the gym would mark the end of one work day, and yes I still look forward to the gym, but it's only so that I can slam balls and lift heavy shit like a #BAMF.
I am so incredibly happy where I am in my career right now. It's about time you did too.