4 Questions to Ask When You Want to Quit Your Job
Instead of taking that broad-brush perspective, set your frustration aside for the moment and look for both the good and the bad. It’s not about trying to whitewash a crappy situation. It’s simply about trying to breathe the light of reality back into the situation. Here are some questions to ask.
What do I like about this job? What is positive about it? Regardless of how bad the job is, or how out of alignment it is with who you are and what makes you tick, it’s unlikely that you can’t find something positive about it. Maybe the job bites, but you really enjoy your coworkers. Or, maybe your coworkers drive you nuts, but there’s that one thing you get to do that you have always enjoyed.
What do I dislike about this job? Be careful not to let this one turn into an unproductive rant. Simply take stock of (a) what you dislike about the job you’re in and (b) why you dislike it. The intent isn’t to pour your energy into a big, circular gripe session. It’s to identify in detail the source of your dissatisfaction. The more you can understand the details of why you’re unhappy, the more potential you have to make use of the next question to improve things.
What can I change? After you take stock of the good and the bad of your situation, follow it up by exploring what you can change. Can you build on any of the positive aspects of your work, bringing more of it into the picture? Or are there any changes you can make to reduce or eliminate the aspects you dislike?
How can I shift my perspective? Finally, you can look at the sources of your frustration and ask, “How can I shift the way I look at this?” You might not be able to change the situation, but you can shift the way you perceive it and the way you choose to respond…