How to Get Out of the Rat Race When Work Is Becoming Unbearable
Is your 9-5 job killing your spirit? Do you feel exhausted before you even walk into the office? Do you live for the weekends?
There is a better way.
If you dream of being your own boss, of quitting your job to travel the world, of becoming a full-time artist, or of just having more time for yourself, then it’s time for you to quit the rat race. You deserve to feel fulfilled. Just follow these eight steps.
Step One: Make A List
Why do you want to escape the rat race? It might seem obvious to you, but write it down anyway.
Does your job leave you unsatisfied? Do you want to spend more time with your family? Have you always dreamed of traveling the world, or of working on a small farm in the countryside?
Write down every reason that comes to mind. Then fold up the paper and keep it close – you’re going to want to look at it often over the next few months to remind yourself why you’re doing this, because leaving the rat race isn’t easy.
Step Two: Write Down One Specific Goal
Dream big: What would you do if you left the rat race? “Be free” isn’t specific, but “open up a bakery where I sell my grandmother’s recipes” is.
Now is where you need to really search your heart. If you could accomplish one thing, what would it be?
What steps would you have to take to accomplish that goal? What skills would you have to learn, and what type of people would you have to reach out to? You don’t have to know every single detail, but make a general plan in order to help your dream become a reality.
Step Three: Stop Thinking Safe
Leaving the rat race is a big risk; you might be doubting whether you’re ready.
Here’s the hard truth: You’re already taking a risk at your current job. At any moment, your job could let you go, technology could make your job obsolete, or your company could close. The rat race looks safe, but it’s not.
Realize that you don’t have to depend on anyone else to pay you. You are an independent, bold woman, and you’ll be fine without the company. Instead of letting someone else tell you what to do, be your own boss!
Step Four: If You’re Not Ready To Quit, Negotiate Flexibility
You don’t have to quit your job immediately – you still have to pay bills until you figure out a new source of income. But in the meantime, talk to your boss in order to negotiate flexibility.
Perhaps you could work from home one or two days a week; if your job can be done with a laptop, then it can be done in bed.
You could also take your current skills to a freelance position, where you can work your own hours for your own clients. You’ll be surprised how much free time you have now that you don’t have staff meetings.