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7 Things To Consider Before Quitting The Job You Hate Immediately

7 Things To Consider Before Quitting The Job You Hate Immediately

Do you dread waking up on Mondays? Your office cubicle feels like a prison cell for 8 hours. You feel like a hamster on a wheel just doing the same mind-numbing work. Many people share these same feeling since most people are not satisfied with the work they do.

If you hate your job it may be appealing to just quit the job you hate cold turkey. You may see things about finding your dream job or follow your passion in the work you do. There is great information out there about these concepts and it is certainly possible to follow your dreams. But before you do here are seven things to think about before doing anything drastic.

Keeping The Lights On

What is the difference between a guitar player and a large pizza? The pizza can feed a family of four. That is an old joke and not necessarily a funny one but you get the point. It may be appealing to quit the job you hate and become a traveling musician or famous blogger. But can these pay the bills for basic necessities in life?

It is a basic fact that you need to work to make ends meet. As long as you are able to work, you need to provide for yourself and your family. Staying in the job you hate provides an underlying sense of responsibility that can serve you well later.

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Long Term Goals

We live in a time that is different from the work models our parents and grandparents worked in. Years ago career progression was linear. You chose a profession and advanced in that job area. You could be working in a job you hate because you had to.

Times are different now. You may have a long term goal to work in a job you are passionate about, start a business or work from home as a freelancer. The internet has provided limitless information that anyone can learn a new skill or make a career change.

These types of changes can take time to be able to replace your current income. Put a plan in motion and set a date when you want to make a change that is realistic. When you look back you will appreciate how staying in your crummy job helped in the long run.

Pay Off Your Debt

There are so many great opportunities in life that people can take advantage of. But for many these opportunities are limited because of debt. There are probably things you would rather be doing instead of using your income to pay credit cards or student loans.

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But imagine your life without these financial burdens. Having financial freedom gives you the flexibility to do things you want to like travel, dining out to new places, and trying new things. Being able to pay off debt lets you do this. Your job is the vehicle to make this possible.

Facing The Unpredictable

The recent recession has changed many aspects of life and work. Retirement as it was recognized for years has become a thing of the past. People are working longer in life than the previous generation.

Working in a job you hate may mean being miserable in exchange for being secure. But that security can be the platform of something great. You can work on your dream career and still have peace of mind to concentrate on those dreams.

Oh, Those Benefits

In the book The Freelancers Survival Guide there is one overarching theme that author Kristine Rausch stresses you need: health insurance. As human beings, we are not indestructible. Family members become ill. Sometimes we need to care for ill or disabled family members.

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Benefits provided in your job may give you the ability to deal with these issues. What if your wife was pregnant and you did not have insurance? Benefits in a job you hate can help make life a little easier.

Your Job You Hate Gets You To The Job You Love

People recognize the name Stephen King. Back when he was a struggling writer, no one really knew him other than as an English teacher. In fact, the book Carrie was rejected by publishers over 25 times. It was his experience as an English teacher that gave him the skills to be a great writer while providing for his family.

Think about ways your current job can help you. Maybe you’re in a position where you feel like there is too many chiefs and not enough subordinates. You have this dream to own your a business. The truth is, a business owner answers to customers, vendors and investors. That job where you answer to everyone can be great experience for becoming an entrepreneur.

Discovering Transferable Skills

Most jobs have some form of worker evaluation that measures performance in a variety of areas. You may be in a job you hate and loath these appraisals of your work. However the feedback you get from these can be valuable for future career goals.

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An employee evaluation and feedback from bosses and peers can be a good way to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Look at what areas you excel in. Those assets can be the basis for career growth in another field.

Taking the leap and quitting your job immediately may be fulfilling in the short term. But there are long-term considerations to consider for you and your family. With a well thought out plan of action, the job you hate could lead to something you love.

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5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

Not being able to stay productive at work is a problem that everyone runs into at some point; no matter how much you like your job, there are certain factors that prevent you from staying at maximum proficiency throughout the whole day.

A lack of productive focus at work can lead to extra stress on yourself, missed deadlines, passed opportunities, raise denial, demotion and even termination.

So, if you are someone who has trouble with your productivity, here are five effective tips on how to be productive at work:

1. Take breaks

First and foremost, it’s important for you to take regular breaks. Trying to work throughout the whole day will tire your brain, which will then cause you to doze off and think about something else.

If you keep working your brain, it will fill up and get jumbled with information—sort of like a computer hard drive. Taking a break would be like resetting your computer so that it can start afresh, or de-fragmenting the data so that all the information is in order.

This is a great thing because it allows you to solve problems you were unable to solve previously, by seeing it differently; if you are able to organize your thoughts properly, you will be able to take in new information more easily.

There have even been studies about methods of saving time and staying proficient, and taking breaks is one of the leading factors.

According to Christine Hohlbaum, the author of The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World, eating lunch away from your work area every day will greatly increase your productivity. Eating in your work area will give you the illusion that you are working, but whether you like it or not, your brain will begin to wander and think of something else and then you will be working tirelessly with no progress.

It’s important to take breaks before and during work too: if you come to work in a rush because you woke up late, your mind will not be mentally prepared for the day ahead, and you will spend the first 10 to 15 minutes trying to get organized and composed before you can actually start working.

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Instead, you should try to wake up 20 minutes earlier than the time it would take you to “just get” to work. Take that time to stare off into space and not worry about anything.

If you do this, your brain will be empty and ready for all the challenges it has coming for the next few hours.

If your employer only allows a set amount of breaks during the workday, that doesn’t mean you can’t just get up and walk around for a quick break every now and then.

Even if it’s only 5 minutes, it will refresh your brain and you will gain renewed energy to do your job.

Learn more about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

2. Pace yourself and balance your workload

One problem that most people run into is that they underestimate the amount of work they have to do, and end up doing 50% of the work in the last 20% of the time they have to do it. This is due to an issue of balancing one’s workload.

When you receive a project, or are doing a job you normally do, take some time to really plan out your work schedule.

Consider how much time it took you to do this last time; determine how you can break the project into smaller parts and which can only be accomplished on certain days, and whether anything might come up that could interfere with your plan.

All of these questions are important for starting on a project, and when answered, they will help you stay productive throughout each day.

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For example, if you needed to design a project to map out the amount of aid offered in various regions after Hurricane Sandy, you can break it up as follows:

You will need to know what organizations are offering help to begin with, how much aid those organizations gave or plan to give, which regions were hit by Sandy, and which regions suffered the greatest losses.

You start this project on a Thursday and know you have until Tuesday to gather this information.

In order to stay productive, you need to plan out your work week—now you know you can find out which organizations are involved in helping the Hurricane Sandy Victims any day since that information is online, but gathering information on the organizations may require you to call them.

Since phone calls can only be done during week days, you have to plan on gathering all of that information before the weekend comes.

That is just one example of a situation in which pre-planning your project will help you stay productive; had you researched the affected regions first, you would not have received the info on the organizations until the weekend, and may have missed your chance to call them.

That, in turn, would have wasted time you could have spent working on this project to finish it.

Knowing what you need to do, when you can do it, and how long it will take you, is important in balancing your workload and being more productive and efficient.

3. Put your work first

This is an issue that usually occurs with young people who are new to the workforce: they’re often tempted with offers to go out at midday, and then come back lost in thought and unfocused on their work-related tasks.

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While it is important to take breaks, your breaks should consist of you clearing your mind, not loading it up with other less important information—like sports.

However, that is not the only situation where you need to worry about putting your work first before all else.

In a work environment, the senior employees will oftentimes push some of their menial tasks onto the newer employees. If you fall into that category, you need to know that their work is not your work, so if you have tasks that need to be done, you need to do it first.

If you are a new employee, you must learn to say no to other people even when it means you may not be in their good graces anymore. You can help others out once your work is done, but you are paid to do your own work, not anyone else’s.

4. Don’t open your browser unless you need them

In this day and age, everyone is constantly monitoring their social network. This is a major pain point for companies, which is why many don’t allow employees to access their social networks on company workstations.

When you are at work, disconnect the internet from your phone and keep your browsers closed so you’re not tempted to log onto your social media accounts or browse any sites that are not work-related.

If you keep your browsers closed and phone tucked away, only to be used in an emergency, you will find yourself being a more productive employee right away. 

5. Try to be happy and optimistic

If you always have a negative outlook on life, you will be more distracted and less motivated to get work done, so it’s important for you to start your day off right.

This can be done by having a good breakfast or by taking time in the morning to watch one of your favorite TV shows before work.

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If you are happy, you will find yourself able to work much more productively as your mind won’t wander into worrying about something else.

Also, if you stay optimistic and keep telling yourself that you can do whatever you set your mind to, the tasks will seem much less daunting and will go by much more quickly.

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Happiness and optimism are the keys to being a productive and happy employee.

All in all, heed the five tips above and you will find yourself being one of the most productive people at your company.

While you do not need to master them all, each and every one of them will help you become a better and more efficient employee.

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