Ever noticed how most retirees and other people beyond the age of 60 don’t look so happy? Sure, the journey of life might have taken its toll, but is that all? Or do they regret the way their life turned out? They may have a lot of money in their bank accounts, but what good is that money now? There isn’t a lot that you can do with your money when you are beyond a certain age. I am by no means undermining the value of savings. Savings give you a peace of mind. But beyond that, savings will just go to your children as an inheritance. Congratulations, you worked hard all your life to pass on money to your children.
It is said that millennials (people born between the early 1980s and early 2000s) are more interested in gaining new experiences rather than piling up stuff. This generation is not interested in 9-5 jobs. They are a part of the start up culture. And understandably so. Are 9-5 jobs really worth it? Have you been considering this question lately? If so, here are some signs that indicate it’s time to quit your job:
5 Signs You Are Ready To Quit Your Job
You Remain Idle Most Of The Time
I have interned at a company for 6 weeks and worked at another for a year. One thing was common in both of them across all hierarchies: people remain idle for a good chunk of time. There wasn’t enough work to do. There was a lot of time available to chit-chat and gossip. Sure, it is fun during the first few days. But after a point, it gets irritating. When you rest, you rust. Don’t hesitate to leave a job which is just keeping you caged like a slave.
You Feel Your Job Has Taken Up Most Of Your Time
Do you know that average working hours are going down in many developed countries of the world? Germany, Netherlands, France, all have reduced working hours. The New Economics Foundation has made a recommendation to reduce the work week to 21 hours. This will address problems such as high carbon emissions, low well-being, unemployment, family care, and lack of free time. The technological advances have improved efficiency. If all this is true, why is Pakistan still following the traditional 9-5 timings? If you live in Karachi, you probably spend 2 hours commuting every day. You probably also spend 1 hour getting ready for the office and unwinding after coming up. So, give or take, you are dedicating 11 hours of your precious life to your job 5 or 6 days a week. Unless you feel really productive, and your job rewards you well, I don’t see why you would want to sacrifice around 40% of your life for a job.
You Are Not Learning Anything New
A good organization will help you polish your skills and learn new skills. Organizing 2-days boring seminars isn’t the same way as teaching new skills to your employees. Think about it. Has your job added to your skills or are you still standing where you did when you joined the company?
Your Mental and Physical Health Is Suffering
If you feel that your job is mentally and physically draining you, it is not worth it. Someone asked Dalai Lama what surprised him about humanity, he replied: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
You Can Afford To Leave Your Job
Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to quit. If you are one of the few lucky ones who can quit, and if you are experiencing the above signs, you shouldn’t think twice about quitting. Try to explore new options. Learn new skills. Find something that interests you. Learn a new language. Try to polish your entrepreneurial skills.
I feel really sad when I look at my relatives who worked hard all their lives. They were so busy working and saving money, that they forgot to enjoy their lives. And now their kids are doing the same. We have just become robots who earn and save money for the next generation. Personally, I would rather have a little less money and enjoy life, rather than having millions in my bank and feel miserable. What about you?