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‘If you hate your job so much, why not just quit?’ If I had a penny for the number of times people said this to me I’d be rich and wouldn’t need to work – Ha! Sadly, I didn’t, but ten years ago, when my job had turned me into a grumpy-puss and I was chewing the ear off anyone who’d listen, their words slowly began to sink in.

At first I was full of excuses. I need the money, I haven’t the time to job-hunt, I don’t have any other skills … all true, but none of them really good reasons to stop me from changing my working life. And there were good things about my job that for a while stopped me from jumping.  But I found it increasingly hard to find the positives every day, so eventually I did quit. I changed my life, and I’ve not looked back.

Has it been easy? Nope. Is my working life perfect now? Nope. But it’s much, much better.  And yours could be too if you really want it to be. Here’s how to banish the excuses and find your route to employment happiness, or simply to identify the good stuff that’s all around you right now.

“I Need the Money”

Money may not be able to buy you happiness, but it pays the mortgage and puts food on the table, and that makes it kind-of-important. Weighty financial commitments can make jacking-in your job seem impossible, especially in the current climate when finding new work can be a challenge. Yet taking a closer look at your finances can be very revealing.

Listing out all your essential outgoings can be a real revelation. It’s entirely possible that once the basics are paid you have more left in the pot than you think, and are simply spending it on frivolous things that make you feel good. Starbucks each morning? A sandwich each day? Cutting out simple items like this can save you £££ over the course of a year. Other cash saving techniques include:

•         Changing utility suppliers

•         Downgrading your mobile and satellite TV deals to more basic offerings

•         Changing insurance providers

•         Talking to your bank about a temporary reduction in your mortgage payments

•         Planning meals so you don’t over-buy on the weekly shop

All these things can save you money, and ease the pressure on how much you NEED to earn. You may find you can take a lower paid job without seriously affecting your quality of life. A more drastic approach is to sell-up and downsize, reducing your outgoings and perhaps releasing some capital to fund your working dreams. This is what we did and boy, was it scary! But I’m sitting here grinning now, earning significantly less, but nowhere near destitute. It can work.

“I Haven’t the Time to Job-Hunt”

dont like your jobReally? So you never slump of an evening watching ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, or smash a few levels on Candy Crush? We can all find time in our day if we really want to. And that’s the key. How much do you want to change your working life? Enough to get up half an hour earlier each day to work on new job applications? Enough to give up a Saturday morning to retrain or learn a new skill? It may be the only way – a short-term pain for long-term gain kind of thing.

“I Don’t Have the Skills I Need”

So retrain. Volunteer. Get some experience. Do a distance learning course. If the desire is there within you it is possible to steer your working life in the direction your want it to go. Think about what you really love doing, list out your hobbies and anything in your life that brings you happiness and peace. Then imagine doing these things day-in, day-out. Not all hobbies make suitable jobs – they are fun because they are not work, so be wary of falling into this trap. Yet somewhere out there is the role you want, and even though it may not be possible to reach your goal overnight, make a pledge to yourself to do something towards it every single day, and you’ll be surprised how quickly you get there.

When It’s Still Not Possible to Quit

I’m a realist, so even with all of the above optimism I know that sometimes it is simply not possible to just walk away from your job. When that’s the case, it’s important to stop the negativity eating away at you, and work on being grateful for what you have, while you work towards changing it later. If you think REALLY hard you will find something about your job you enjoy –

•         You actually HAVE a job!;

•         You’re good at it;

•         Your colleagues are lovely;

•         The holiday entitlement is great;

•         There are perks you enjoy;

•         The hours work for you;

•         You have a company car;

•         Your commute is short;

•         You get to travel;

•         The salary means you have no money worries …

Keep Perspective

From the position of a job you hate, any alternative can seem enticing. Just remember to keep perspective – no job is perfect. I’m self-employed. The freedom this brings is a breath of fresh air, but it has its stresses to – I never know where the next job is coming from; I don’t get sick/maternity/holiday pay. But I love what I do, and that balance between the good and bad works better for me than in any other job I’ve ever had. But there is the ‘bad’, and it’s important to remember that when you are dreaming of a stress-free life in the role of your dreams.

You probably know this already, which is maybe why you’ve not yet taken the plunge. You’ll know when you’re ready, if ever. And it you never are, then you are probably doing a great job of finding the positives in your current role. When you really start to analyse it you may just find that you are actually more content than you thought. How liberating is that?!

 

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About Cally Worden

Seasoned freelance writer Cally Worden lives with her family and dog in a quiet corner of rural France. A love of the outdoors, and a fascination with her children's ability to view life with fresh eyes provide the inspiration for much of her work. Cally writes regularly for various websites and UK print publications on subjects as diverse as parenting, travel, lifestyle, and business, and anything that makes her smile.

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