Surviving the Waiting Period
There comes a time in almost every job when you realize its time
for you to leave. Maybe you're fed up with the red tape and
bureaucracy. Maybe you've maxed out your growth potential. Or
maybe you're tired of working overtime with little compensation
and even less appreciation. Whenever you make the decision that
its time to go, there is often a gap between the time you
realize its time to go and the time you actually leave. This is
the waiting period.
The waiting period can be difficult to endure, especially if
you haven't decided what is next. It takes some people months
(even years) to leave the waiting period because they focus too
much energy on how unhappy they are or waste time daydreaming
about a better life. Below are 4 techniques to make it easier to
endure your time spent in the waiting period.
1. Focus on what you want instead of what you don't want. This
is especially useful if your next move will be to a new job.
Concentrating on what you don't like about your current
situation is a waste of energy. That energy would be better
spent mentally preparing yourself for your next challenge or
building new skills that will help you in another position.
2. Abandon the urge to be an overachiever. If you already know
that there is no future in your current job, don't waste your
energy trying to excel. Stop working overtime, stop working
through your lunch hour, and stop stressing yourself out over
stuff at work. Again, you are wasting energy. You will be amazed
at how much of your life you'll gain back once you quit pushing
yourself so hard.
3. Treat yourself everyday. When you're not happy with your
job, its easy to get bogged down in the negative. Make it a
point everyday to do something you love. Treat yourself to a
bubble bath or an ice cream cone or even time alone.
4. Practice gratitude. Not to sound like your mother, but
remember that there are people out there who have it a lot worse
that you do. Take time out of you day to reflect on the things
in life for which you are grateful.