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5 Signs That Let You Know Its Time To Leave Your Full-Time Job


We’ve all been there. That feeling that the grass is greener on the other side; that leaving your full-time job just seems like the right decision for you. When you’re struggling to get up in the mornings, trudging through the day, and watching the clock waiting for 5 p.m. to arrive, you know there’s something wrong.
You may be exhibiting signs of burnout, maybe the work culture at your full-time job is no longer a good fit or maybe you’re just ready for a career change. You may be on the fence, wondering whether or not to give your two-week notice. If this sounds familiar, the following 5 signs let you know it’s time to leave your full-time job.

5 Signs That Let You Know Its Time To Leave Your Full-Time Job-Tiffany D. Brown

You Find Complete Joy and Fulfillment in Your Side Hustle

Many of us, when working a full-time job, look to our interests and passions as a way to earn extra income. If you’ve grown your side hustle to the state where it’s turning a profit and would rather do it as a career, it may be a sign to leave your full-time job. An old quote – attributed to many a motivational speaker that says, “Find what you love doing and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

This sentiment is essentially saying that if you love what you’re doing and find complete fulfillment in it, it won’t feel like work. If your side hustle is earning a full-time income or could potentially earn a full-time income if you were to give it the time and attention it needs, you may be ready to pursue it further.

You’ve built your side hustle into something that could potentially be done on a full-time basis or at least earns a full-time income. If that’s the case, chances are you’re well-poised to give your notice. It may be high time you begin investing significant time and attention to your side hustle.

You Dread Sundays Because it Means Monday Morning is Right Around the Corner

Working for the weekend is a phrase many of us are familiar with. It’s the reason we revel in ‘hump day,’ when the week is half over on Wednesday. Thursdays become Friday-eve and Friday morning is ‘just one more day.”  Trudging through the workweek and working just for clocking out, is a good indication that it may be time to quit your full-time gig. Spending the entire 5-day workweek looking forward to Saturday is no way to live a full and abundant life. We want work that challenges us and allows us to use our skills and gifts to their fullest potential.

Saturday can come and go and before you know it, it’s Sunday afternoon. That’s when anxiety and depression kick in. You know it’s just a matter of hours before you’re off to bed only to wake up and do it all over again on Monday morning. If you dread Sundays because Monday is right around the corner, it may be time to reevaluate your current work situation.

You’re Feeling Disrespected in the Workplace

No one wants to work in a toxic environment, but according to a study by workplace consulting firm, Emtrain, a significant portion of employees feel their workplace is problematic. Of those surveyed, 41% were confident nothing would be done if they reported a complaint. Feeling as though your thoughts, ideas, or even personhood are not respected is a clear indication that it may be time to leave your full-time job.

Feeling disrespected, unappreciated and as though you’re just another cog in the wheel, can have a detrimental effect on your productivity and the morale of the company or department you’re part of. Not only can this cause problems at work, but it can also cause undue stress and anxiety.

It’s Time to Leave Your Full-Time Job When Your Health Begins To Suffer Due to Work Stress

Stress and anxiety can be contributing factors to declining health. If you find that you are mentally bringing work home or have difficulty letting go of a work mindset at home, you may want to consider whether or not your full-time job is harming your health. Often, when we have issues at work, we tend to have difficulty relaxing with our families or even sleeping soundly through the night. If your relationships, health, or well-being suffer as a result of your day job, it’s time to make some changes.

When You Realize You’re Overqualified it’s Time to Leave Your Full-Time Job

Sometimes we take a job for the quality health benefits it offers or the hours and flexibility. At first, everything runs smoothly; the work may not be challenging, but it’s easy and you could use a little bit of simplicity now. After some time, however, you may find yourself dreading your work. If you’re routinely passed over for promotions when you know that you are fully qualified and then some, to do the work, it may be time to move on.

There are times when our expertise can be intimidating to others; either our supervisors or co-workers. Personality conflicts exist and can also be a factor if you’re being passed up for available opportunities. If you’re overqualified for your job and don’t see a way for your skills to be utilized or notice that they aren’t appreciated, that full-time job, just may not be the right fit for you. This is one of the clearest signs that let you know it’s time to leave your full-time job.

A key thing to keep in mind when evaluating whether or not you should leave your full-time job is that you are completely replaceable. Be sure not to let guilt or the attitude of ‘how will they get along without me’ get the better of you. If you leave, your company will be fine. The department won’t fall apart without your expertise. Try not to let a false sense of loyalty to your company, trap you and convince you that you need to stay in an environment that you’ve outgrown emotionally or logistically.

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