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3 Possible Reasons Why You Want to Quit Your Job and Do Nothing?

Everyone sometimes feels like quitting their job, driven by the idea that they need to find a better, higher-paying job.

You are fed up with everything and want to do nothing.

The question bothers you, is such a way of thinking normal?

The fact that you want to quit your job and do nothing is normal because you are not satisfied with your job, you value your time, and you want to chase your dreams.

man being depressed by working in office

Usually, people want to leave a job where they are unhappy and find a better job where they will be satisfied.

That’s how things usually go, but you don’t want to find a new job. You want to do nothing.

What made you think this way?

That is exactly the goal of this article, and to try to find a solution for your situation.

Why Do You Want to Quit My Job and Do Nothing? 3 Potential Reasons

Are you constantly thinking about quitting your job?

How often do you think, “That’s it, I’m quitting,” during the day at work, but you don’t do it?

You are not alone because even 40% of workers are considering quitting their jobs soon.

Some want better earnings and more free time, but you don’t even want a new job.

What are the possible reasons for that:

1. You are Highly Unsatisfied With Your Job

This reason refers to the factors that make people quit their jobs and look for other careers. The situation is a little more extreme with you because you don’t even want to look for a new job.

Dissatisfaction with your job or all the jobs you were doing made you want to just quit.

What are the factors that usually lead us to hate our jobs:

  • Insufficient earnings – everything moves, and everything revolve around money. If you feel you need to earn more, you will certainly not be happy at work.
  • Too much work – many feel they work too much at their job. They spend too much time at work and lack free days, but there is also physical and mental exhaustion.
  • The toxic atmosphere at work – although many companies want to present that image where they are a happy family, it is not like that. Various unpleasant situations between employees and employers are expected.
  • Lack of motivation – many people find their work depressing. They feel stuck and wonder where they were mistaken in their life.

All this has accumulated in you and makes you think, “I’m done with this.”

There has been a noticeable increase in people quitting their jobs in recent years.

This trend, called The Great Resignation, started in early 2021 in the wake of the pandemic and is still going on.

2. The Very Concept of Jobs Disturbs You

Businesspeople arguing in meeting

You look at things differently and look for a deeper meaning.

Someone would say that you are a contrarian.

You also critically observe the whole concept of going to work, especially if you work for someone.

From a young age, we are taught to find a good job because that’s how we show our worth and success to others.

People mostly go to college in the desire for a better education and a better job.

That’s where student debts come in, which haunt us when we start working.

Usually, after that comes loans for a car, apartment, or house, which keep us even more in that vicious circle.

The whole system is designed so that you are constantly in debt and have to work to cover those debts.

Most of the time, no one even asks you if you like the job you have to do.

There is also the fear of losing a job.

You are afraid that you will ruin your life if you quit.

Then there is the desire of everyone to get to retirement as if it is the ultimate success of life.

All your life, you work a job you don’t like, usually for someone else, who earns a lot more so that you can see your old age and then enjoy it.

For you, it’s all modern slavery.

Well, you’ve had enough, and you don’t want to be another cog in the machine.

3. You are Looking For a Greater Meaning in Life 

For you, life is more than a dead-end job that makes you depressed.

“When you’re young, you have time and health but no money. When you’re middle-aged, you have money and health but no time. When you’re old, you have money and time but no health.”

You resonate deeply with these words and don’t want to spend your whole life in some office with people you don’t like.

Here are two examples of how people usually think based on their age:

“I’m in My 20s and Don’t Want to Work”

More and more younger people do not believe in that system, which the generations before them presented as the only correct way of life.

Millennials are the last generation on whom that system was imposed as the only alternative.

We won’t go deep into the topic, but the world has changed, and so has the way of thinking of new generations who don’t see themselves stuck in one job all their life.

But not everything is so dark and gloomy. Many new professions and career paths today offer much more freedom than before.

The 20s are the best time to try new things and get to know yourself.

“I’m 40 and Don’t Want to Work Anymore”

We will immediately tell you loud and clear that we are against ageism.

The fact that you have already reached some serious years does not mean that you do not have the right to think in such a way.

Yes, the 20s are when it’s easiest to make radical moves like quitting your job and doing nothing.

But being in your 40s doesn’t mean you have to do something that doesn’t make you happy.

You will never be as young as you are now, so why wait forever?

When you get old, you don’t want to hate your past self because you haven’t lived the life you wanted.

3 Things You Should Consider When You Want to Quit Your Job and Do Nothing

Happy relaxed man

The decision to quit your job and do nothing is challenging. It would be best to think it through before deciding to take that step in your life.

Here are 3 things you should consider:

1. Will You Be Able to Live Without Regular Income

Oh, there’s that money again. It always keeps us in the clutches of corporate hell.

Evaluate your financial situation. You need to plan how you will live without a job.

Maybe you saved a lot of money, so you can now live comfortably without a job; good for you, then.

If you are not in that situation, think carefully about your decision because you do not want to make a big mistake that will harm you and your family.

What is comfort in general for you? Are you overly obsessed with material things

It may be time to change your thinking if you plan to do nothing.

2. What Does Doing Nothing Mean to You

Not everyone means the same thing by doing nothing.

For some, it’s probably lying in bed all day.

And for someone, it’s when you don’t have a permanent job? Maybe your parents think so.

“Doing nothing” can actually change your life.

You can enjoy activities you couldn’t do before because you were constantly busy with work.

Those activities are cycling, exercising, and traveling, but you will also be able to spend more time with your family, especially with your children.

Taking time off can be the best thing ever because you can realize which job is good for you.

“Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”


Then when Monday comes, you’ll be happy because you’re doing what you love.

3. Can You Handle The Pressure of Doing Nothing

You probably think nothing is better than having no job and doing nothing.

It can get boring very quickly, even when you are financially secure.

When you lack motivation, you become lazy, and everything is boring.

There’s more pressure because you’re watching everyone around you work while doing nothing all day.

“To rest and enjoy, you have to get tired first.”

And then there is everyone around you who constantly talk about their work to annoy you as if there are no other topics.

Final Thoughts

We did not tell you in this article that you should quit your job and do nothing.

That decision is up to you. We have pointed out some pros and cons of such a decision.

The most important thing is that whatever your decision is in the end, you don’t regret it.

“Making a big life change is scary? But you know what’s even scarier? Regret”

— Zig Ziglar