Thirdly if you actively look for ways to avoid your job, then it may be time to evaluate your position.
I had a friend who loved writing.
But at some point, she had grown tired of it and began seeking ways to avoid it — procrastinating, choosing almost any activity from laundry to yard work over putting words on a page, and getting lost on social media when she'd finally sit down to write.
She realized, ultimately, that she needed a long break from writing if she was ever going to fall in love with it again.
Sometimes, you need to power through something to develop a positive habit (all of us should exercise, for example, but it can be hard to get started); but other times it's necessary to take a temporary or permanent break.
A profession should be something we approach with curiosity and anticipation, not avoidance.
You should also consider leaving if: you regularly approach work with exhaustion, burnout, or dread.
I previously had a job that I had once enjoyed but had truly begun to wear on me, so much so that it was hard for me to leave the house to go to work in the morning.
This wasn't because the company or its people were bad; the fit just wasn't there anymore.
If you regularly feel dread at approaching your work, it's time to seriously consider changing it or leaving it behind.
Your life is short and precious, and your work should enrich it.
The fifth sign that your job isn't right for you is if it's causing you to develop bad habits.
Another friend of mine worked at a company whose culture was toxic, and he found himself — even when away from work — behaving in ways he would have previously found unethical or inappropriate.
He found himself being untruthful, for example, and misleading colleagues and clients.
When he recognized this, he immediately left the firm.
When something you look to for purpose begins pulling you further from it and from your values, you need to let it go.
Never let a professional environment change you for the worse — particularly on matters of character.
Finally it could be time to go if your workplace has become unhealthy.
Workspaces with colleagues who scream at or personally insult you, for example, or where you are worked to the point of physical collapse should, of course, inspire you to seek something new (if not pursue more serious action).
Some workplaces are consistently harmful to your physical or emotional health.
If you find yourself in that unenviable position, it's time to move on.
There are, of course, other signs.
And again, trying earnestly to reconceive of your work and craft it to be more purposeful is always the best first course if you are feeling stagnant.
But letting go of the old is part of keeping life fresh and allowing purpose to change over time.
Your life is in your hands, something more and more people seem to be realizing.
And the Great Resignation may be just the opportunity you need for a great reinvention.