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Make no mistake about it, most people hate their jobs. That's the bottom line. There are many people who show up to work on time, every day, but when you talk to them, it becomes quickly apparent that they'd rather be doing something else.
These people are not all that rare. In fact, they're all too common.
According to several surveys, more than 50% of Americans express some sort of discontent with their work. In fact, a disturbing percentage of people would quit immediately if given the chance. Are you one of these people?
Now, you may be thinking that your job is okay. You might even have convinced yourself that you are going to stick to what you're doing until you retire. You might be playing games with yourself. You might be hanging on to something that you should leave behind.
Why? It may be killing you.
Here are the 10 signs your job is killing you.
Do you find yourself constantly struggling with low energy levels? Pay attention to when this happens. If you notice that when you come home from work only to basically flop down on your mattress or on a sofa to play video games or sleep, your fatigue is caused by what you do at work.
You may not have a blue collar job that requires physical labor, but you may still be tired. How come? All the stress and all the mental work grinds you down physically. You may not break a sweat at work, but there's enough stress on your intellect or emotions that you just are physically worn out when you get home.
This robs you of meaningful leisure time. Instead of having enough energy left over to spend precious time with your family or to do important things to improve your life, you're just left exhausted at the end of the day.
Have you ever noticed that after you go home, you can't do much of anything? Now, even if you have a lot of physical energy, you might still find it hard to do anything after work. This has something to do with your willpower being sucked up by your job.
You feel that after you've made some important decisions at work that you really don't have enough willpower left for anything else. You can't even decide what kind of takeout food to order or what pizza topping to get delivered.
Not surprisingly, a lot of decisions you make turn out to be bad ones. Why? You simply can't focus correctly. You get mentally lazy and you become more impulsive. A lot of this has to do with the fact that your work has robbed you of your mental focus.
Have you ever noticed that you spend a lot of time on email and at the end of the day you really can't do any of the big stuff that needs to get done at work? You're not alone. This happens to a lot of people.
What happens is they get sucked into all the "busy work" and have very little willpower left over for big decisions as well as for their life after work. They just get reduced to empty shells because they feel like they're just chasing their tails doing "busy work" at the office.
Do you find yourself daydreaming at work? You're thinking of either taking a vacation or enjoying a financial freedom because you set up a successful business. Do you keep repeating this daydream fantasies day after day?
This is a serious danger sign because you're not focusing on your work. You're not focusing on the stuff that will help you earn more money or get promoted.
Unfortunately, daydreaming is more interesting than your job. You are able to explore new possibilities or opportunities you don’t think you’re getting from your current job.
Also, when you daydream, you get a sense of emotional escape from the daily humiliation or the daily hassle your job has degenerated into. You might feel like you’re just going through the motions at your job. Daydreaming enables you to get a nice emotional rush that allows you to overcome the negative emotions you may have about about your work.
Do you have bags under your eyes? Does it seem like regardless of how early you try to go to bed you can't sleep a full 8 hours?
Maybe a lot of this has to do with the fact that you keep thinking about stuff at work. Maybe you are obsessed about a report that you have to file. Maybe you're scared stiff about a deadline that's coming up soon. You might not be all that pumped up about your work in general but you still let the small stuff get the better of you.