I Can’t Stand My Job Anymore
Have You Thought This Too Much Recently
I was muttering and complaining to all who would listen ‘I can’t stand my job anymore‘ and I thought it was just me just reaching a point where my job was just getting me down- until I found an article on About.com talking about job burnout.
(Update: At Christmas 2010 – I QUIT!)
Reading this discussion I realized I had reached the point after 42 years of nonstop career work that I had just become close to burnt out!
Whatever variance of my job in different places around the world I always jumped up and got on with it.
I Just Didn’t Feel Like Doing It Anymore..
Gradually though, I had been waking up and just didn’t feel like doing it anymore.
Dawn was right – I had even got to the stage where I had passing thoughts about wishing I could be being sick enough to stay home (really sick – not just lying) to avoid going to work.
How bad is that?
When being ill was a better option than going in to face the rest of the teams antics and the daily grind.
In the article, Dawn points to a definition of burnout in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary as “exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.”
That was me!
Not overly stressed, but I sure was getting frustrated with just about everything at work!
The place wasn’t bad – conditions OK.
Even the money was good.
The project and the project leadership were just not performing several years in a row and no one seemed to have the answers or seize direction.
Perhaps I was getting subtly stressed because of the frustration…
Perhaps I had got to that point where I was questioning the meaning of a slave-like working life when there were so many other things I wanted to do in the working day.
I’d always hankered after a life of working on the internet from my back garden – in the sun.
Perhaps it was co-incidental with the birth of my first grandchild – and a sum of money left to me that would cover the bills for a few years.
What I did notice was “the situation” was affecting my mental well being and therefore my physical well being. Saying to myself ‘I can’t stand my job anymore‘ was having adverse effect on my mind.
I always seemed to be tired and irritable.
I wasn’t sleeping well.
I was getting forgetful.
I had a leaning towards an extra and unnecessary drink each night.
I stopped doing my exercises.
Was this stress related?
I came to the conclusion that several things combined were getting me down.
The job wasn’t what I started out doing and was not enjoyable.
The management were making poor or non decisions – frustrating everybody.
A slow realization that perhaps there was more to life.
The financial ability turned up to step out of that particular rat race.
So, after yet another frustrating week – I handed in my notice and finished at Christmas 2010 – with every intention of living and working at home!
The earlier the stage of job burnout you’re in, the easier it will be to remedy the situation.
The most obvious way to cure burnout is to quit your job.
Now, someone in the early stages of burnout may find that a luxury, while someone on whose health burnout has already taken a toll may find it a necessity.
If you’re in the early stages of burnout there are several ways to alleviate it.
But first you need to figure out what’s causing you to feel this way – especially if you find yourself starting to repeat” can’t stand my job anymore” almost like a mantra!