Signs your job is starting to get to you

Written by: Charlotte Rogers
Published on: 24 Jun 2020

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We can all experience pressure in our jobs and we may all have those days where we just don’t feel ready to face the long day of work, we have ahead of us. However, consistently feeling this way is not something you should have to put up with. Is there something happening in your personal life that is affecting how you feel about your job? Or, could it be your job making you feel this way?

Whatever the problem may be, the last thing you want to be doing is spending your time in a job that doesn’t make you happy. You should feel content in your job and actually feel like it’s contributing to your career. Have you had any signs that your job just isn’t right for you anymore?

Are you bored at work?

Being bored at work can be normal from time to time. Depending on the type of work you do, there might be times when you are super busy and times when you are simply catching up with emails and other errands. However, if you have been feeling bored and uninspired at work for a long time it might be time to ask yourself why that is.

If you feel like you are losing your purpose at work, it can leave you going home at the end of the day with negative thoughts and can cause you to feel deflated. If you’ve been feeling this way for a while, it’s likely that the problem won’t just go away on its own. You need to find the route of the problem and if you’re just not happy with your work anymore, ask yourself how you want to go about fixing this problem.

You feel a lack of energy at work

Feeling a lack of energy at work could be caused my various factors in your life. Maybe you’re not sleeping right, you have a lot on your mind, or you feel like you’re simply being overworked. If your reasoning is because of your job, you might want to think about having some time away. Have you been spending more time than usual in the workplace? Have you had the time to do things you want outside of work? Or have you started to have a really bad work-life balance?

Work should be balanced. We need to be able to separate work from our personal life and be able to put our foot down when it becomes too much. Now might be the right time for you to take some annual leave or talk to someone about the issues you are facing. They might be able to help you set things right. The answer is not always leaving your job if you feel this way, there can be other ways of working around a problem at work. But if the feelings persist, it then might be time for you to move on to a better role.

You are spending a lot of time thinking about work

If negative thoughts about work are following you home after work and on weekends, those negative emotions could be waring you out more than you’d think. You shouldn’t have to worry about work or job seeking ALL day. Your mind needs to be able to take a break and if, again, you feel yourself feeling overwhelmed and you can’t handle it on your own anymore, talk to someone that can help you. You need to be able to separate yourself from the negative feelings.

You dread getting out of bed in the mornings

Sometimes, we all need a break from the normal world. However, if you feel yourself constantly wanting the workday to end before it even starts, then you need to analyse your job and what is going wrong. Is it your job? Is your to-do list piling up and you feel yourself losing control?

Your job doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to do everything on your own. You shouldn’t be wishing the days away. If you find yourself doing this, for whatever reason, it might be time to think some things over and find out where you really stand with your job.

You feel like you have already learnt everything

Feeling like you have reached the end of your learning in a job can be a very common issue. Most people want to learn, and they don’t want to feel like their development as a professional has been halted. If you have reached a point in your job where you are able to fly through your daily tasks and don’t find any difficulty, then maybe it is time to think about getting a promotion at work or finding something new that will bring a new interest to your work life.

If you’re like me, you’ll want to feel meaning with the work you do, and you want to be passionate about the thing that you are doing. You don’t want to feel like a robot, sitting at a desk bashing out the same work, day in and day out. Find something new, whether that be asking for more responsibilities in your current role or putting yourself out there and finding a new job.

Our jobs can get the better of us time to time. Negative feelings towards your job can be completely normal. Sometimes they can be improved and sometimes you have to move on and find something new. This is all based on how you are feeling. It’s important to say that not every mishap means you need to find a new role. Sometimes you just need space from your job and to come back with a fresh mind.