Chatty Tuesday: 8 Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job

We’ve all been there. That wave of emotion that washes over us when we wake up – “I don’t want to go to work today”. This is normal and probably happens to most people on most days. However, where do we draw the line between just generally not having the get-up-and-go and genuinely dreading the day ahead; wishing you were anywhere else? That’s where today’s post comes in. From personal experience (and from a friendly recommendation to cover this topic), I wanted to compile my personal experience into one place to help you work out if it’s time to move on.

We as humans are constantly changing and growing. Therefore, our surrounding environment needs to adapt with us to create a balanced lifestyle. From the ages of 16-18 whilst I was still in education, I had a handful of part-time jobs, that I had no personal interest in remaining in once I had left school. I had outgrown the drama of the stockroom gossip and wanted to further myself. I wanted more hours, better pay and a healthier working environment. So I proactively took myself elsewhere when the opportunity presented itself. Are you having second thoughts about the position you’re in? Do you find yourself looking on Indeed “just out of curiosity”? If so, I hope this post helps you make a step in the right direction. If you’re also on the hunt for employment tips, I have a 10-tip job guide here. But please remember, I’m not a professional! I just want to share my experience thus far. Leaving a job should take careful consideration depending on the situation. Make sure you consider all routes before reaching your final decision.

Firstly, it’s important to come to the definite conclusion that it’s time to spread your wings and leave the nest of your current job. Coming to this decision will allow you to stop fighting a battle with yourself of ‘Do I, Don’t I”. Once you’ve made your decision and in your gut you know it’s right, stick to your decision like glue and start the job hunt journey. In order to do this, I think a simple pros and cons list can be really beneficial in allowing you to see a physical list of what the best choice may be. Left side; why you should stay, right side; why you should go. Watch one of the sides build up much quicker than the other. We can overcomplicate things for ourselves sometimes, when as hard as it may be, sometimes we just need to remove the emotion out of the equation and do what’s best for us.

But what are the signs?

  1. You’re unhappy. This may sound obvious, but it’s easy for us to invalidate our own feelings and tell ourselves that everyone must feel that way and that we just have to get on with it. But when you’re physically upset or even ill from how your job makes you feel, that’s a red flag in itself. If you find yourself feeling down about work even in your own spare time, then your job is not offering you what it should be.
  2. Bad logistics and practicality. Is the commute to and from work too much to bare most days? Are you adding hours onto your already laborious day just by getting to and from? It’s common knowledge that not all jobs are around the corner, but if the travel is too much and/or too expensive, it looks like it’s time to move closer to home.
  3. Unsustainable salary. Does your job allow for a comfortable lifestyle, where you don’t have to worry too much about paying the bills or putting food on the table? If you feel you are not being paid enough for the work that you do, this can lead to more dissatisfaction. We work for experience, but also work for money. We like to see tangible results from our hard work, but if all our money just goes on the commute to work and we have no money for socialising for example, it’s going to be a hard rut to experience.
  4. Hours of work. Unless you are in a job with set hours i.e. an office, it can be difficult to find working hours that fit you just right. It’s inevitable for work to impact our social lives on the odd occasion, but if it’s every day and you find yourself planning your life around work, it’s again another red flag. Nobody wants to be overworked, but being underworked can be just as difficult. If you are not given hours that allow you to live, somewhere else could offer you much more (or less, depending on what you need).
  5. Lack of growth and development. Finding yourself fully trained and stagnant in the same position, can be quite frustrating. We should really be learning every day in our jobs and working to progress up the ladder. But if you’re sat doing the same tasks day in, day out, despite enquiring about progression routes, then the workplace doesn’t have your best interests at heart. If you’re a good resource to the business, it would be a shame to have your skills and knowledge wasted and not utilised.
  6. Timing. Sometimes jobs aren’t right for us at a certain time in our lives. A job could have ticked every box and been a perfect match back in May 2017,  but be hindering your progression and plans in the current day. Like aforementioned, we are continuously changing, and having a job that can grow and change with us will aid the process and not hinder it. If you don’t see a future within a certain company or field, why stay in it?
  7. Lack of motivation/feeling bored. There are few things worse than having a clock-watching type of job. If you find yourself staring at the time bored out of your brains, then your brain is not stimulated and is in need of a refresher. There will be a dull day in any job, but the overriding consensus should be that we can cope enough to go in, get the work done whilst feeling suitably satisfied, before going home. The actual working environment may impact our motivation levels, which leads onto my next point…
  8. Toxic or unpleasant work environment. If you’re dreading work because of your colleagues, bosses etc, then there’s a bigger issue at hand. Who we work with and the environment that we work with them in, contribute massively to our overall satisfaction. Sometimes the issue at hand can be dealt with, i.e. if you’re having problems with a colleague being rude or bossy, there should be a line of action that can put a stop to this. However, if the problem surpasses a fixable issue, it is worth looking elsewhere for your own sake. No one should have to deal with toxic personnel in the workplace, especially when we spend most of our time there.

There are more than just 8 factors that can contribute to your desire to leave your job. I attempted to compile a list that is hopefully applicable to several calibres of people. Whether you’re a student working in a cafe, or a busy mum or dad juggling ongoing expenses as well as tricky twins. I appreciate it is never an easy decision, especially when you have to consider finances and dependents. However, your happiness is vital as it impacts more than you may realise.

If you’re seriously considering changing jobs, then you have answered your own question. Be selfish, but be proactive. Incorporate the (potentially negative) energy you are harvesting, and inject this into your fire for finding a new position. It’s nice to feel excited about potential job prospects, we shouldn’t hold ourselves back. By putting a plan of action together primarily consisting of: when you can feasibly leave (ideally have another job before leaving) and where to, you will be well on your way to closing the door on a chapter that was no longer offering you any progression.

Thank you so much for reading, I wish you the absolute best in your endeavours!

Until next time,

Emily x





  1. April 30, 2019 / 5:05 pm

    I totally agree with the points you listed on this post!! A LOT of those actually were right on mark for me in my situation!! My overall career turns out not to be for me so thankfully I realized these signs before I got myself into more headache-inducing situations. Thank you for sharing this, lovely!! x

    Geraldine |

    • emilygabriellax
      April 30, 2019 / 5:19 pm

      I’m so glad you came to a decision and realised what’s best for you! Thank you so much for reading and commenting x

  2. Millie
    April 30, 2019 / 5:09 pm

    Yeyesyes!! Loved this post Emily and how it’s something that is relatable but in a really important way. I’ve recently had a conversation with my manager to see how I can develop myself within my role and being aware of how you feel towards your job is so important. WOO for chatty Tuesdays!!!:)

    • emilygabriellax
      April 30, 2019 / 5:18 pm

      That was exactly my aim with this! It’s so important to be content in your role and know where it’s going, thank you soo much for supporting me x

  3. April 30, 2019 / 7:49 pm

    So many great points. I find getting a work life balance really difficult but I think I am getting the hang of it x

    • emilygabriellax
      April 30, 2019 / 8:01 pm

      Thank you Chloe, a work life balance is so key x

  4. April 30, 2019 / 8:45 pm

    These all the reasons why I pursuing my licensure examination so I can change careers.

    • emilygabriellax
      April 30, 2019 / 8:01 pm

      At least you’re putting it into action though and going for what you want! Best of luck!

  5. May 1, 2019 / 9:25 am

    I can relate to a few of these and I would definitely like a new job! xx

    • emilygabriellax
      May 1, 2019 / 10:02 am

      Glad you could relate, fingers crossed you find somewhere better suited to you! Thanks for reading and commenting x

  6. The PhD Mummy
    May 1, 2019 / 12:41 pm

    Great post! Very relevant stuff!

    • emilygabriellax
      May 1, 2019 / 12:08 pm

      Thank you!

  7. May 1, 2019 / 4:20 pm

    So true. Life’s to short to stay at a job that’s not good for you. Especially if you are in a toxic environment.

    • emilygabriellax
      May 1, 2019 / 4:26 pm

      Could not agree more!

  8. May 3, 2019 / 8:25 am

    Great post! I stayed in a toxic job a good few years more than I should have and my mental health took a huge hit from it. I was scared to lose my friends there more than anything else but it was also a bit of a better the devil you know situation too. It wouldn’t help that for every few crappy days I’d still have a good one that would make me question whether or not I was overreacting. Towards the end though I’d be regularly crying over the mere thought of going in and I’d feel so down that I physically felt unwell. It’s now 6 months on since I started a new job and I feel much happier – it’s amazing how it has so much emotional power over you! X

    • emilygabriellax
      May 3, 2019 / 10:15 am

      Thank you so much for this comment Amy, it’s such a draining feeling to have when a job impacts your life and emotions so much. That’s exactly why I wanted to write this post to help people realise they’re in the wrong environment. I’m really glad to hear that you left, wishing you all the best!x

  9. May 3, 2019 / 9:50 am

    Great advice; life is too short to be stuck in a job where you’re unhappy! Though of course I agree the decision needs to be thought through a lot particularly considering your financial situation, but no one should be so unhappy in their job that it starts to ruin their lives x

    • emilygabriellax
      May 3, 2019 / 10:16 am

      Absolutely, there’s lots to consider but if the overriding feeling is that it’s just not working for you – looking elsewhere is always the best option x

    • emilygabriellax
      May 3, 2019 / 10:17 am

      Thank you for commenting!

  10. May 3, 2019 / 10:55 am

    I’m an older, retired woman, but can certainly relate to times gone by. I work now at what I enjoy most. What’s that old adage?….”Your life won’t change, unless you change your life.”
    Rob Siltanen has it right!
    Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
    Thanks Emily

    • emilygabriellax
      May 3, 2019 / 10:18 am

      I adore this comment, thank YOU Donna! We absolutely have the power to be in control of our own happiness, we can do anything we put our minds to. I’m glad you enjoy what you do now!

  11. May 3, 2019 / 8:36 pm

    I’m unhappy in my job right now and about half of these signs I could definitely relate to! I’m hoping I can change my job soon, but jobs don’t grow on trees! xx

    Lucy |

    • emilygabriellax
      May 3, 2019 / 9:21 pm

      I hope something comes along for you soon Lucy! It could be just round the corner – thank you for commenting x

  12. May 4, 2019 / 6:34 am

    I’ve been working for a year now and the job that I’ve now is not boring but not exciting either. I feel like I’m wasting my youth away but not to the point to quitting it yet. I plan to stay for another year and if things don’t work out I’d find a new job x

    Thanks for the post x

    • emilygabriellax
      May 4, 2019 / 7:31 am

      I think that sounds like the right thing to do! As long as we can acknowledge when a job isn’t for us that’s the main thing – thank you for commenting x

  13. May 7, 2019 / 7:12 am

    This post is really useful for those who are considering leaving their job. I experienced a time in the past where, like you mention in your last point, a toxic or unpleasant work environment isn’t good for you. It effected me in all kind of ways and unfortunately, nothing was put in place to stop the nastiness happening even after several complaints to HR.

    But it gave me the chance to move onwards and upwards and secure the role I’m in today!

    • emilygabriellax
      May 7, 2019 / 7:22 am

      Thank you for your comment Natasha and for sharing your story! I’m sorry nothing was done about it at the time, but sometimes we need a bad situation to make us realise we deserve better and can find a much better opportunity elsewhere. I’m so glad this post is helpful! No one should deal with toxicity in the workplace

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