,1. Every day feels exactly the same
"Let's try this again." For years those 4 words were the first thought of the day. I’d wake up thinking I was in some kind of endless loop; every action was always the same: wake up, eat, shower, get dressed, traffic, work, administrivia, eat, TV, bed. No matter what I did to change it up, it was always the same ol’ crap. Throw in some other variables (e. g. school run, ballet practice) and you’ve still got monotonous episode reruns that just happens to be your life. When you see this pattern occurring, it’s a clear indication that something’s either gotta give or something’s gotta go.
2. You feel like you’re sleepwalking through life
Think about autopilot for just a second. An airline pilot, with the flick of a switch, can fly a jumbo jet at 35,000 feet without having to do anything. She (yes, I said she) can go pee, eat a donut or play a quick game of Words With Friends without having to touch the controls of this flying behemoth. Are you on autopilot most days? Do you feel like you’re there; maybe even slightly present but not really? Mindfulness practice can help temporarily. Being mindful can also help you see the signs that your life needs to change. Stat.
3. Your interest in your field is waning
So you went to school for ___. Then you got a job doing _. Now here you are - 5, 10, even 29 years later wondering why in the name of everything green & good you’re in this particular field. Does it look good on the outside? Do people ooh and ahh when you tell them where you work and what you do? I had a job with such a well-known brand that when I told people what I did, I might as well have said I wipe celebrity backsides for a living. Yes, that initial reaction from others may validate your career choices for a few passing moments. Yet those people aren’t oohing and ahhing in your ear all day, right? Ultimately it’s about how you feel about your current situation. Those ooohs and ahhs are just another fart in the wind when you look at the big picture.
I spent a decade in Human Resources. I can’t even begin to tell you how being in that field made me want to dig out my own eye with a spoon. So I left the field and haven’t looked back. I got a lot of chatter in my ear about it but I know even to this day i made the right decision. Besides, sitting around talking about how to justify firing people to save shareholder dividends gets horrendously boring after awhile. You can do the same thing, too.
4. Daydreaming is preventing you from productivity
Find yourself spacing out more often these days? What do those space journeys look like? Okay, aside from stealing your boss’ convertible and putting it through a brick wall... tempting as it sounds, that execution just won’t end well. Somewhere on life’s journey someone told you dreams aren’t ever possible and only come true for the chosen few. Not true, lovely. Dreams are possible. Did your heart pump blood to every part of your body? Did you breathe in & out every moment of this day? Understand that when you’re working with the Universe, there isn’t anything it can’t do. So next time you catch yourself daydreaming in that super-boring week sales meeting, don’t punish yourself. Those daydreams are the Universe’s way of instant messaging you.
5. You thrive during your time off from work
Remember that last long weekend? You know - the one where you had an extra day off after the long weekend was over? Where the sun shone every friggin’ day; you were surrounded by your loved ones and couldn’t stop laughing; where you smiled at everything just because; where you didn’t have to check into work to see if there was something “mission critical” going on? Yes, it sounds freakishly like a beer commercial on May 2-4 weekend but your life could truly be full of laughs, smiles and good times. What are you doing on your days off? I’m not talking about chores; I’m talking about things you love to do. These things’ll give you a clue to your new life outside of the 9-5.