Am I happy with my job or should I just quit? Ask yourself these 7 questions to end this dilemma.
How do you genuinely feel about your job? I believe everyone with a job should regularly reflect and ask themselves a very simple question; “Am I truly happy with my job?”
A 9 to 5 job represents the biggest chunk of our 24 hour day, and it hence takes over our 365-day year. Before we know it, we'll be spending years and years of our time on this earth in an office! Therefore, the question of happiness at work might appear to be simple, and is often overlooked, but in fact is extremely critical.
Also, let me highlight again “our” day and “our” years; your time is yours and it shouldn't be any other way. For this reason, being stuck in a miserable job is the worst long term pain you can inflict on yourselves. On the other hand, if you happen to be in a job that you enjoy and love then congrats to you on hours, days and years well spent!
But how can someone measure happiness? How can one determine whether or not they're truly happy with their jobs? Here are 7 questions that could help you assess your happiness level at work:
1. …what is the first thought about work that comes to my mind when I first wake up?
If the first thought that comes to your mind in the morning as you wake up is “why do I have to go to work” or if you spend your Sunday nights constantly worrying about your Monday mornings then something’s up.
However, it is worth noting that there is a blurred line between post weekend blues and genuine work frustrations, and you should be able to distinguish the difference between both by being conscious of your excitement levels during the week. Do you find yourself miserable every morning as you dread going work? Or is it only a post weekend Sunday thing?
If frustration seems to be the norm, then you definitely are unhappy with your job.
Our “jobs” should come with excitement, thrill and anticipation. I know that sounds too idealistic or too good to be true but it’s not. There are people out there living their dream jobs, what stops you from doing the same?
2. …am I fulfilled with my job?
If you seem to be just satisfied with your job but feel like there's more to life and to your capabilities, then that's a symptom of being unfulfilled.
Being unfulfilled might manifest itself at work through you feeling like you're not delivering up to your true potential or that you're performing tasks just because you're asked to rather than want to. That's not the same as saying you are not excelling at work, because you might well be the best at you job, however still feel like it is not meant for you.
I believe that signs of un-fulfillment tend to generally stem from internal factors rather than external ones. In other words, you could have the best job, on paper, but still feel internally unsatisfied. A reason for that might be that you chose a career that would make your parents or society "proud" rather than one that you genuinely wished for yourself. Either way, you just feel like you’re in a place where you're no longer chasing your dreams, and the long term effect of that could result in under-performance at work because there's something out there more worthy of your attention.
In this case you should opt for a job that is aligned with your dreams and that reflects your true authentic self and aspirations.
3. …am I growing and learning at work?
When you first started your job you might have been learning a great deal of new skills and knowledge, but how about today? Do you believe that your learning experience has plateaued? Is your job becoming one that is repetitive and mechanical? If you’ve answered yes to at least one of these questions then you’re probably not gaining as much from your job today as you did in the past. Not a healthy sign...read more