10 Signs Your Job Is Wasting Your Life & How to Fix it

Do you feel like you’re wasting your life away due to work responsibilities?

Of course we have to work, but it should NEVER feel like our job is taking over our lives.

We should be working to live not living to work, which seems to be the norm in this day and age, and that is indeed a problem.

I’m all for doing what I love to be happy, and if that means axing my day job to be with my family more, to have more time to ourselves, and to ultimately do whatever I want when I want, then I absolutely know working for a boss isn’t for me.

And it doesn’t have to be for you either.

We live in a world with countless opportunities all under our nose. We just have to find it.

And that’s the cold-hard truth that you will be discovering today.

But first and foremost, lets talk about the signs that your job is wasting your life.

1. You hate being away from your family

You have kids and a partner, and they are the world to you, so you want to spend as much time with them while they are here.

Your kids won’t be around forever. Before you know it they will be 18 and moving out, and that’s when reality hits.

You did not spend enough time with them while they were living at home!

So if you are constantly working, at work AND at home, and never spending time with them, you are not doing yourself or them a favor.

Kids need their parents/caregivers, but being at a job all the time can get in the way of that.

2. You want more out of life


Some people just want more out of life.

They want to live “the good life”, to wake up 10-stories high overlooking a beach, to have a big house with a big family and be financially free, to have money to live life however they like to.

They don’t want to be tied down to a 9-5 job, 5 days a weeks, year after year.

Well if that sounds like you, let me tell you that it is 100% possible.

Don’t settle for what everyone else settles for!

Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll be among the stars! So what the heck do you have to lose? You lose nothing but gain everything by trying.

3. Time feels like it’s on fast-forward mode

If you feel that time is passing you by too quickly; like every year is flying like a rocket, then you need to do something real quick.

Life’s too short to be working at a job you hate or to be working for a boss that doesn’t appreciate your skills and effort you put into your job.

Bills need to be paid and food needs to be on the table, but your happiness and well-being is just as important.

There are ways out and I can help you get there. Heck, I done it!

4. You live for the weekend


You can’t stop thinking about Friday even when it’s Monday

Monday is NOT the time to think about Friday. It is the day to get back into the flow of things after the weekend bender you just had.

So if you can’t stop thinking about the weekend no matter what day it is, there’s a good chance you don’t like your job and you are wasting your life staying in it.

Yes, it’s okay to look forward for the weekend, but if you need a couple of days off just to feel like a normal person there is indeed a problem with the life your living.

5. You take time off at the very first chance you get

You get a little cough and you ring in sick, you use a sick leave as soon as you have accumulated one, and you sometimes even lie to get a day off.

You should only be taking time off work when you are really sick or when it could spread.

Basically, if you’re trying to get time off work at the very first chance you get it might have a deeper meaning than just “being lazy”.

6. You don’t feel inspired anymore

In the first few weeks of a new job, we are so excited. We jump out of bed ready to tackle everything that comes our way for the day.

And although that does slow down slightly after a few months, if you really love what you are doing you will still be able to do it even after years in the same job.

If your performance has lowered dramatically, you don’t care about being late and simply do not care about getting in trouble from the boss, you may have very well lost all your inspiration for your job.

7. You’re not happy with your current situation

If your job makes you unhappy everyday, makes you hate getting out of bed and especially makes you hate life in general, your health is at risk and you should be worried.

You are on the verge of getting depression or mental illness, and I wouldn’t even wish them on my own worst enemy!

Trust me, it is best to change the situation before it’s too late.

If you’re unhappy with you job and you have a choice – which you do – then you have a chance, so make a change!

8. You like to stay in your little bubble (comfort zone)

There’s a good reason why people love to stay in their comfort zone – it is safe.

When you leave the comfort zone you get in the danger zone, the zone where literally anything can happen.

The danger zone is where doors open, where opportunities come and go, where dreams become more reachable with every passing day – it is where dreams are created my friend!

Staying in your little bubble is the worst thing you could do if you want more out of life.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, which is the mistake a lot of people make.

You need to get out of that trap. You NEED to get into the danger zone so you can live the life others can only dream of having.

9. You follow bad advice

Parents are the worst.

If you’re an artist and you absolutely love doing it, but your parents want you to be a dentist because you make more money (even if you hate it), you will waste your life away.

If you want to be a builder but it will take too long to get qualified, so you work at McDonald’s for faster money instead, you are wasting time, LIMITED…valuable time.

Stop following bad advice and do what you truly love, even if it’s sacrificing a bit of pleasure now for maximum pleasure down the line.

10. You don’t enjoy the actual work


You might be able to tolerate work now, however, when many years have passed and you haven’t changed your current situation you might just wake up one day and wonder what the hell happened to your life.

You might be in the same career for 20+ years doing something you hate. Do you know how much regret you will have?

It’s not easy changing careers later in life either.

If you don’t enjoy the work you do, you are wasting your life making other people rich while you waste your life doing something you hate every day.

If that’s not a good enough reason to make a change, I don’t know what is.

Making a Change

You have realized that exchanging literally 40 hours of your time each week for money isn’t what you really want in life, and I don’t blame you.

I noticed that a long time ago. It was the reason I decided to do something about it.

I now work from home (full-time), have no boss, live life on my own terms and take a day off whenever I please.

I’m not saying it to brag, I just know what you are going through and I want to help.

Life is not worth using your own time to make other people rich. Sadly it is the norm in this day and age, but luckily there’s something we can do about it.

Since you don’t want to work for somebody else (you want the freedom to live life on your own terms), you need to either start your own brick and mortar business or an online business.

I prefer an online business since it doesn’t cost as much, becomes successful faster and is much easier to achieve success.

I have been using Wealthy Affiliate for over a year now and can’t recommend it enough.

If you’re serious about leaving your job to do the things you want (I’m sure you do since you made it this far), then you need to at least give the free trial a go.

Well thanks for reading.

If you ever need help I’ll happily steer you in the right direction 😀

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

16 thoughts on “10 Signs Your Job Is Wasting Your Life & How to Fix it”

  1. This is so important. Working a job can be rewarding, but it can also be misery! If you’re not one of the fortunate folks who just happen to find that perfect job (not that it CAN’T happen; it’s just not common), I rather enjoy affiliate marketing. I joined WA several months ago, and I now have a top 20 martial arts blog at Feedspot. I’ve met so many great people, and if it weren’t for them, I don’t think I could have gotten there. Thanks for this post!

    • Wow, that is very impressive! And yes, having a community full of like-minded people to help you along the way is more powerful than people think. I tried doing the “lone wolf” thing, but I never got where I wanted in life until I met a man from Wealthy Affiliate. He is my online coach and if it wasn’t for him I would’ve quit in the first few months.

  2. Great post, few pointers here will help you realise that you need to change your career, there’s nothing sadder than when people say they live for the weekend or live to go on holiday once a year. Whatever dream you have follow it, take steps each day and it can become a reality!

    • Saying you live for the weekend is very said indeed. But the saddest part is, most people actually DO!

      I live in the now, but at the same time I spend a few hours on my online business per day so I can continue living the life I enjoy, which is without a job!

  3. Most people would rather be following their dreams but because the bills have to be paid many settle for what they can find without going after what they love doing and what makes them happy. Your post is so timely with tons of good information that will really be of a good help to your readers.

    • You are spot on with what you say Norman. People will settle for their current job because doing anything else means that have to get out of their comfort zone, the zone where they don’t know what will happen. Thanks for your sharing 🙂

  4. Your post definitely will hit home to a lot of people. As you have stated, the norm now is more work less play and more and more people are tired of that daily grind with no real reward. It’s a very easy rut to get into and a lot harder to get out. Your comments on comfort zone are very true. If we never take that chance, we will always wonder!

    • Thank you for your comment, Christine. Even though the comfort zone is called “comfort”, I beg to differ. In my opinion the comfort zone IS the danger zone, because you’re procrastinating on your dreams and living the life you simply do not want.

      I’m glad I had the willpower to get out of the trap. It wasn’t easy but it never is, hence why not many people get out of their comfort zone. I hope you’re not one of them 😛

  5. It’s a shame that most people don’t do work that they truly enjoy. Nothing can be worse than waking up and going to a job that you spend 40+ hours a week at and hating it. That’s no way to live.

    I’ve been this guy. For me it was selling cars. I was excited at first because of the endless income i could make and i was making really good money but i lost inspiration. I dreaded going to work and when i showed up the sparkle in my eye was gone.

    My business soon started to suffer.

    I felt that i wanted more out of life and by that i mean more TIME to do what i wanted. The days of spending 14 hours at the dealership were over for me.

    So i trimmed down the hours i was working and soon started a blog on the side. From this side venture i was able to quit my job at the dealership and work for myself doing something that i LOVE.

    • Great share Justin. I always like to hear other peoples stories about their career and personal choices. It goes to show that if you REALLY want something out of life you have to go out and get it yourself. No one is going to hand it to you on a silver platter.

  6. Wow, you certainly did hit home for me being a retired nurse and did work for over 3 decades shift work (days, nights and weekends) and it left some marks on the way in a personal sense.

    If I had known of this Wealthy Affiliate years before who knows how my life would have bettered.

    I have one question, is it also still a good idea to join something like affiliate marketing for someone, like me, already retired? I certainly could use a bit more money, but who doesn’t?

    • Well I hope you enjoyed it, because 3 decades is a very long time to be in a job you hate. I can pretty much guess that your life would’ve been better. You would’ve had more money to enjoy your life a lot more, and especially being less stressful since you’d be able to pay bills easier. However, it’s never to late to start!

      Yes, it is indeed a good idea to join Wealthy Affiliate even if you have retired. As you so bluntly put it, everyone can do with a little extra money 🙂

  7. Hello, Brandon.
    Thank you for a wonderful reminder and tips. You are so VERY right, life is much too short to NOT do the things that you prefer – your way of making income included. Your article was refreshing and made me go in ‘thought mode’, yet again. In a good way.
    Thanks for the motivation and the inspiration.

    • Well I don’t blame you for wanting to change your life. I actually envy the ones that take action instead of complaining about how much they hate their life, but still keep doing the same thing over and over again WAITING for a miracle to happen.

      People like you know life isn’t going to reward you without putting in hard work and consistency, so great job so far and if you continue and never give up I know you will start seeing traction very soon.

      Just keep going!


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