Becoming a member of the working dead is not difficult. I define the working dead as a person who has let work take over their life and complaining about it has become more natural than breathing.
Remedy: Stop talking with bitter co-workers about the boss. They suck you into their hatred. If the boss is really a jerk, have a real deal conversation with them about it. Stop complaining without action.
Remedy: Create a side hustle or business that you can work on after completing your core responsibilities.
Remedy: Get a vomit bag because this feeling is going nowhere. This is the best sign that you need to leave ASAP. Stack up your savings for a month of non-working/job searching and turn in your resignation.
Remedy: Get professional help today. These are really dark thoughts and I’m worried for you. Don’t be a “Milton .”
Remedy: Watch entertaining personal development/inspirational/life enhancing videos on YouTube and then put those lessons to work… http://youtu.be/EhqZ0RU95d4 you will find ways to improve your life doing this.
Remedy: Find more interesting/risky/rewarding responsibilities at work. Create them if you can’t find them.
Remedy: Everybody slips up sometimes, but don’t become that guy/girl who is the creeper who hits on everybody and gets you to drink too much at the corporate party. You can find romance anywhere else. Stay away from the co-workers
Remedy: Negotiate a remote working environment where you can take care of your core responsibilities and spend the rest of your time doing your own thing. You probably aren’t the type of person who enjoys existing 40-hours per week in a gray box typing on an old ass PC.
Remedy: Whenever you see the complain-fest pre-game warm up happening… it’s time to kindly remove yourself from the conversation.
Remedy: There will never be a perfect time to quit and start a new life. I recommend saving what you can to take care of the essentials for you and your family for a month or two and leave. If needed sell some of the crap you bought because you don’t need that either.
I hope that these 10 signs have opened your eyes to what the working dead looks like. If you find yourself in two or more categories, it’s time to start looking for a way out. Nobody should ever force themselves into misery for money. There are so many ways to get paid and the economy should not be an excuse. People were blaming the economy for inaction during boom times. You alone cannot control the economy, but you can control your future. Make the right choice and escape the working dead. You owe it to your friends, family and most importantly…yourself.