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This guide was written by Darren Cronian. Over the last 7 years, he has secured numerous remote jobs and built a successful freelancing business. Frustrated at automated rejections or struggling to find freelance clients? Your remote work coach is here for support.

Many of us get stuck in the comfort zone, living how society expects. The years pass and before you know it your life has flashed by your eyes. Here are the signs you should quit your job.

It’s important to take a step back away from the day-to-day life and reflect on what you’ve achieved but also think about the future. What do you want to achieve in your life, what are your goals and aspirations?

Signs You Should Quit Your Job to Work and Travel

Here are 4 signs you should quit your job to work and travel

Dread Monday mornings

On Sunday evening, do you have a horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach, knowing that the next day you will have to wake and start the daily grind of commuting to the office and working in a job that does not fulfil you?

It is an awful feeling knowing that you have to work in an environment where you are not valued and lets not even get into office politics.

You would think that having this horrible feeling and experience every week that your brain would tell you that enough is enough – it’s time to quit, but because you’re stuck in the comfort zone you continue to go through the motions.

If you are not doing something that you love then you are not going to wake up feeling excited to go to a job you don’t genuinely enjoy. It’s astounding how many people choose to stay in their job out of comfort, or fear of the unknown.

Part of the problem is that you’ve had two days of freedom at the weekend, spent time with people you enjoy being around, and participated in activities that make you happy. Quitting your 9-5 job to work and travel will allow you to build the perfect work-life balance so you have more time to do the things that you love.

Spend more time looking out of the window

While sitting on the bus or train commuting to work do you spend most of your time staring out of the window wishing you were somewhere else? You sit at your desk, say the usual pleasantries to work colleagues, switch on your computer and then your mind wanders as you look out of the window thinking where you could be.

It’s your brain trying to tell you that you need to make a change in your life. The fear of the unknown is what stops many of us making difficult decisions in our life. It’s important to see these signs and ask yourself a simple series of questions:

  • Am I Happy? Does this job make me feel fulfilled?
  • What would I rather be doing? Where do I see myself in five years?

Asking yourself questions and taking yourself away from the day-to-day grind will get you into a different mindset and thinking about the future. Daydreaming, wishing you were somewhere else is a huge sign that you want more from your life.

Counting down to Friday

You walk into the office, sit at your desk, and already you are thinking about Friday, and the weekend. Every day you are counting down and living for Saturday, seriously is this what you want to do with your life?

Wishing your life away as every day you are wishing it was Friday.

That is not how you should be living your life.

The average life expectancy differs between males and females in every country but. let’s give ourselves 75 years. With 52 weeks in a year, there will be 52 Fridays, 52 Saturdays and 52 Sundays.

Do the math, and that’s 156 weekend days in a year, 11,700 days in a lifetime. The Monday to Thursday stats are as follows: 2,018 weekdays in a year, 15,600 days in a lifetime. You’re telling me that you want to spend 55 percent of your living days wishing it was another day of the week?

Let’s leave that question there for you to think about.

Living inside the comfort zone

We’ve mentioned the comfort zone on numerous occasions in this article, and to be honest when you are living inside it, you do not realise that you are in it.

After quitting my job of 24 years to work and travel it became apparent that most of that time was spent living life how society expects and going through the motions of working 9-to-5. It’s easy to keep doing what you know to bring in an income so you can live comfortably.

One of the best quotes out there is by Neale Donald Walsch.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

Let me tell you as someone who spent two and a half decades firmly stuck in the comfort zone that this quote is so true. My life has changed since taking the leap of faith and quitting my 9-to-5 job of 24 years to work and travel the world.

These are just 4 of the many signs you should quit your job. You must give yourself the space to figure out what you want to achieve in your life and if you are just going through the motions and living as society expects.

We’re all so focused on the day-to-day grind that we do not take the time to think about the future and plan life goals. You do not want to be that person, in your early 70s, sat thinking about regrets in your life.

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