I get it. I worked in an office environment for almost a decade. Over time, it becomes a soul-sucking experience.
Sitting in a cubicle staring at a computer screen all day becomes monotonous and can make you stir-crazy.
Sooner or later you will ask yourself what are you doing and how can you escape? That is what I did many times.
My first attempt at escaping involved quitting my first office job to freelance. My second attempt was forced on me via a layoff.
Now I’m out for good and I’ll share with you what I did and my plan to be free from any employer.
Burned Out at Work Symptoms
There are many reasons that many people have for not wanting to work in an office any longer. In fact, I made a list of 8 reasons I don’t want to work in an office anymore.
I worked in a cubicle as a web developer/designer for a total of 8 years. That experience made me realize why working in a cubicle environment drains your life.
Some of the most common burned out at work symptoms include:
- I don’t care about my job anymore
- I can’t work anymore due to depression
- I don’t wanna work anymore, I just wanna live instead
- I can’t work because of anxiety
Maybe you have experienced some or all of the symptoms above. One of the first signs is no longer caring about your job at all.
There was a point with my first office job that I lost all motivation to do anything at all. I did just enough to get a project done but nothing extra.
The enthusiasm I once had for the job was gone. The projects were piling up, deadlines were looming, and to top it off, we were being micromanaged.
I began feeling stressed out and it was impacting my mental and physical health. I made the decision to resign with no backup plan.
I survived off of my savings and fell into freelance work which removed from an office environment.
If you notice some other symptoms include depression, anxiety, and feeling like there is more to life—simply wanting to live.
Sitting All Day is Not Natural
We weren’t designed to sit all day long for eight hours or longer. Many studies have shown that sitting all day has a negative impact on health (1).
The Physical and Mental Effects of Monotony
One thing office jobs are notorious for is monotony. When I worked in office jobs, there was no change during the work day except when we took coffee breaks.
All that meant was walking to the nearest Starbucks or to the break room. Over time, monotony can cause you to become complacent in life.
You may start to think there is nothing else besides going to work, going home, and doing it all over again, day after day.
Variety is the spice of life but it is difficult to incorporate it when you dread going to work each day.
Non-Desk Jobs That Don’t Require a Degree
The good news is that there is a way to escape an office setting if you want to change careers.
There are non-desk jobs that pay $15 an hour or more on average that don’t require a four-year degree (2).
|Occupations||Median Hourly Earnings|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||$31|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||$26|
|Fitness Trainers / Instructors||$15|
After I was laid off from my last office job, I applied for a job that I knew I wouldn’t mind doing.
I no longer sit all day, I’m around awesome people, and each day is totally different from the one before.
This makes the time go fast and I don’t go home thinking about “my job.” I come home and work on my online business which will eventually set me from the daily grind.
A Long-Term Business to Break Free of the 9 to 5
Finding an alternative career is a great idea if you no longer want to work in an office anymore.
Starting a side business that can become a long-term business of your own while you are working a full-time job is a smart move.
I created an online business after being laid off because it made me realize that there is no such thing as job security.
I’ve always wanted to have my own business but start-up costs were always the biggest obstacle for me.
An online business eliminates a lot of the expensive start-up costs involved with typical businesses.
When I’m not at work, I’m working on my business and I enjoy it very much. It is fulfilling and I know that my hard work now will pay off in the long-run.
I hope this post has helped you realize that you do have options if you are seeking an alternative to working in an office environment.
Regardless of what you decide to do in terms of work, keep in mind that having multiple streams of income is always wise when it comes to your financial future.
The tools, training, and support are available for free. Ask yourself how many years you have already devoted to your office job with nothing to show for it?
Escape your monotonous office job by choosing a new career and create another stream of income by starting an online business.
There is hope!