Should you quit?

In the last 30 days, how many days have you considered quitting your job?

None - If you never consider quitting, you may not be spending enough time considering your trajectory and reflecting. The modern economy expects you to advance yourself, sometimes by leaving your current employer.

1-2 days – This is a great place to be in. It means you are generally happy with your job and your prospects for advancement. You may or may not give time to consider other jobs or companies where you may be happier, contribute more, and get more value.

3-5 days – Still normal, but you should monitor it. Take action to change something about your work environment. Often time a small 5% chance can help you get out of this rut. How can you re-allocate just 5% of your week (that’s about 2 hours a week). You want to course correct soon before your feelings get worse. Consider this as your inner voice sending you a warning signal. Take action by refocusing your efforts, taking on a new assignment, modifying your schedule, and evaluating what is causing you to have this feeling.

6-15 days – Ok, now you are getting to a point where a more significant shift is in need, especially if you are on a path where the number of times you are thinking about it is a constant distraction from your day. Start exploring shifts you can make within your current employer. You probably need to make a 10-20% change to cause this number to chance. This means changing what you do 4-8 hours during the week. This could be a significant new endeavor, or a shift in your job. It costs lots of money and time when someone quits their job, so most large employers would rather you stay but shift your function internally.

16-29 days – Too far – This means you have probably gone too long without action, or your small % shifts have not helped. If you are in this position you should consider internal job changes, and begin beefing up your resume and LinkedIn for external viewing. You may want to share this with some trusted mentors. You want to put the idea if you quitting out into the world to see if something comes back to you. Ideally, you would have your next job lined up. Here, you are starting this process. You should spend about 2 months putting these indicators into the world.

30 days – If you think about quitting every single day you are not alone. Many people do the same thing. The important thing is to not do this for too long, 6+ months, because it will undoubtedly impact other parts of your life. It may be best to share this with your spouse so he or she can prepare for you to quit your job. You should be aggressively networking and job hunting for new opportunities, with or without the knowledge of your current employer. Thinking about quitting 30 out of 30 days is a very clear warning that you are not in an environment where you can thrive.