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really tired of working

December 13th, 2005 at 08:18 am

Yes, I know, at the mere age of 26 I should not be so fed up with the working world. But I am. I am so tired of working. I took yesterday off, and all I could think was, "I SO do not want to go to work EVER AGAIN." I wish there was some way for me to stay home and make money. The only way it is really socially acceptable to stay home and not work is to have children and become a stay at home mom (and even then, they don't get much respect). However, I don't want the children piece, so that foils that idea!

It would be so nice to be able to sleep in until 11 if I had a headache. It would be so nice to take a nap at 2 if I had a headache. A lot of wanting to stay at home has to do with my constant headaches.

My job is uninteresting and I have not made any friends. I miss the social aspect of work. At my last job, people talked to me. Wacky things happened. I had a few close friends to talk to. At my new job, I am lucky if someone says "hi" to me in passing.

Maybe if I was doing something remotely interesting at my job, working wouldn't be so bad...but editing this subject matter is like gnawing on old, dry toast. I think I am going to have to move if I want an interesting editing career.

The other thing that's bugging me is that all of my friends are getting huge raises and promotions. I have yet to hit $35K, almost 5 years out of college. I have friends in my age group making twice that.

*sigh* just sad, crabby, and sick of working today (and yes, I have a headache).

On the spending front, I've spent way more than I had budgeted. Car is not fixed yet. Enough said.

69 Responses to “really tired of working”

  1. esmeralda Says:

    I empathize with you. The work environment makes or breaks the job. In the five years that I've worked with my current institution, I've made only a handful of friends and half of them have moved onto bigger and better things already.

    The only saving graces are that I generally like the nature of the work I am doing and I have (finally, finally) a boss who lets me work from home when huge deadlines are looming. Though I would not want to do it regularly, I actually get more done when I am at home. I take shorter breaks because I am more aware of the perception that I might be slacking.

    Hang in there. It's taken me till the ripe old age of 35 to get to this point. You only sink when you stop trying.

  2. Russell Says:

    I know what you mean. I've been at my current job (computer systems admin) for over 4 yrs without a raise. I make decent salary but its lower than what I could make or what I was making in the past. Not to mention my skill level is way higher than what I'm doing now so I'm getting out of touch with a lot of new stuff Frown
    However, I like a couple of things about this job (even though my wife says its just my excuses for being lazy). One, I work 8 hrs/5 days a week and that's it. I don't have to wear a pager, I don't have to work overtime etc. Two, the hours are flexible to a certain extent. I go in at 11am and leave at 8pm...missing the rush hours and being able to spend time with my little girl in the mornings.

    But you answered your own question, if you want to enjoy freedom and wealth you have to have your own business. Not to mention the tax advantages of one. I've been wanting to do something myself but finding what to do and quitting work to make it happen is a challenge - so start thinking about it now while you're single and don't have kids because it only gets tougher Smile - goodluck!

  3. Betsy Tucker Says:

    hey there you dont have to have children to stay at home....really! and its wonderful. Huge opportunity. My friend Jill Ward is currently staying at home just turned 30, and is making in the 6 figures as a income. Her husband recently retired from his job as a banker. go figure that. I presently still work, but that is because i teach school and have a daughter in kindergarten that i love being with. Check out this website, feel you cant pass this up, send me an email with any questions you might have.
    good luck there with the job.....

  4. tom Says:

    Being tired of working has nothing to do with salary. I am 36 and make 120K a year. But I am not at all happy in my job and would love to do a job which is satisfying. I would even do it for half of the money, because believe me, money is not a motivator at all.
    Working is all about being staisfied with what you do 8 hours a day and who your colleagues are. At the end of the week you shoudl be proud of what you accomplished.

  5. Bradley Says:

    Fuck the work world, forget the man. As an atheist, this is the one life we have to live. Why are we spending it addicted to video games and alcohol while slaving for someone else's profits? This country needs an internal revolution to put back in place the rights of the little man. When push comes to shove, WE outweigh THEM.

  6. Paul Says:

    Hey.. I'm 40 and still haven't hit the 35K mark. 4-years post secondary education too! It's depressing for sure. Money definitely isn't a motivator though - job satisfaction is the only thing. I love Bradley's comment!

  7. Tired Also Says:

    I'm 36 and have been tired of the rat race for years. I have a mba and an OK job. But I can barely make ends meet due to a very high cost of living area where I reside. I don't mind working I just want to do it on my schedule. It's weird but I mentally peak between 10am and 3pm and then again from 10pm and 3am. I don't mind working lots of hours I just hate being dictated to about when to work. I hate 8:30-5!! I really need a telecommuting job or a job with lots of flexibility.

  8. sigh~ Says:

    I landed on your blog by accident. I googled "tired of working", and you are the first one from the search. I started my contract job 3 weeks ago, it's going OK so far, the contract is for a year, but I have a feeling that this is going to be a long year. The people are quite lame, and the job itself is retarded. Since this is a contract job, I am treated like a second-class citizen... sigh. If it was not for the condo, sigh~~~ anyway, tired of working.

  9. TiredTood Says:

    I hear you. I am so tired of working for the man, I can hardly stand it. I would much rather run my own business, anything that was mine. Parting with the $90k per year would be a challenge.

  10. AU Says:

    I can feel what you are going thru. I never felt so bad in my entire life. I have been working at this current place for over 18 months and hardly made any friends. Not because I cant, but people are so caught with their own groups and do not want to include new people and make friends with them. To top it all, my boss who seems to be nice but never want to communicate. I would be happy if he tells me why am I being employed in his Dept. Every day seems to be really long and boring. I am losing my patience of waiting for a miracle to happen. Will it??

  11. SDC Says:

    Man. I googled "tired of working" and came across everything that I am feeling about work. I love what I do for a living. I love my co-workers and most importantly love my boss. I also make a pretty good salary. I just hate "having" to get out of bed every morning. If only I could go into work around 10 and take off at 2. I could literally stay at home all day and relax and read books and never get tired of it. I'm like you on the spending front. It seems that the more money I make, the more I spend. It is a never ending cycle.

  12. No_Excuses Says:

    Stop your complaining. Look in the mirror and do something. All I read in the posts are lousy excuses on why you can't do that and you can't do this. Unhappy at work, then why are you still working there? Work on your resume, get a new job. People do it EVERY day, shitty economy or not - no excuses. If you're bored, not happy, no friends - GET UP and DO SOMETHING about it. No miracles are going to happen; you need to make the right decisions to get you to the right place. You have to work hard at making yourself happy. It takes time and patience and PLEASE stop complaining (that is such damaging behavior!). Sometimes I feel like staying in bed, like I'm not important at work, boss sucks, etc., but you know what? I sit down and I take a look at the root of what's making me unhappy and make a plan of attack to fix it. One small step at a time. So, quit your bitching and get off your ass and put the pen to paper and do something. You literally can do anything you want with yourself - just have a goal and keep on pushing forward, don't give up at the first sign of adversity, difficulty and hardship. Anyone that ever succeeded and became happy, rich, had many friends, etc. worked hard and long persistent hours to get there. No miracles. Just plain hard work. If you don’t want to work, then at least admit that you’re lazy and you don’t really want to work for happiness (money, friends, etc. whatever it is you’re looking for to make you happy), you just want everything handed to you on a silver platter – so good luck with that, but in the mean time, do the rest of us a favor and quit complaining!!!!!!! Again, I can’t stress it enough… look in the mirror and do something.

  13. kashi Says:

    To the last poster -

    Quite frankly, you are incredibly rude. I am going to assume that your vile reply was directed solely at me, since this is my blog.

    I am perfectly entitled to say whatever I wish on my own blog. If I want to complain, I will. If you don't like it, oh well.

    It seems you didn't take the time to notice that this post was made over THREE years ago. In that time, I have done a significant amount to improve my career situation, but I am sure that does not interest you. If it did, perhaps you would have read more recent posts instead of digging this one out of the archives.

    Congratulations on finding someone to snark at this evening - I hope you feel better about yourself.

  14. David Says:

    I feel your pain. Same job for 20 years.
    8 years and I can retire.
    I wish I could retire today but still have 3 kids at home.
    I am currently looking hard for another job.
    Good luck on finding what you want.

  15. Dee Says:

    OMG I googled "tired of working" too and you're the first link I saw. I was just sitting here thinking of how much I hate woking. I love feeling productive, but lately I feel exhausted, without motivation, and old. I'm a 27 year old single mom. All my money goes to bills and I don't live a lavish lifestyle! I make 30k a year and I never really see any of it. Not to mention due to the "economy" I will not see a raise in 2009 at all! That blows. I'm going to school at night and a two year degree will drag into three years. I won't even make more than what I make now after I graduate. I just feel like I've dragged myself into a pit from which there is no escape. I feel lifeless. And I HATE that feeling. But what else is there to do? Quit work and run away to Hawaii sounds awesome, but not reality. I would feel a bit better working from home than running into the office every morning. We can't even be a minute late. I hate the word "schedule". I need flexibility and a sense of riding at my own pace. I hate the man. And I hate not having a job I truly enjoy. We only live once. Why did men have to make it suck so much? Who said I would want to give 40 hours of my week to work for someone else?! Add in the commute of 5 hours, I'm giving them 45 hours just to pay rent, my car payment, and utilities. Add the fact we work for almost our entire lives, WHO did this!!! We live ONCE. I want to enjoy it! This blows. Someone breathe life into me so I can drag myself through the next thirty years. And the more I sit at work and wish for the day to end, the quicker the next day begins. The quicker the week ends, the quicker I've become a week older. I'm aging and I'm not enjoying NOW. 27 will soon be gone. Oh dear... I have a headache.

  16. Tia Says:

    Wow. This is exactly how I'm feeling. I'm only 26 and I feel like I'm 46. My schedule is so predictable. I work from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. I sit in traffic for about one hour coming and going. I come home, work-out, make dinner and then before I know it, its 11 p.m. Time for bed to start the same routine all over again. The weekends are really too short to get anything done. By the time I'm done grocery shopping, picking up clothes from the cleaners, grabbing a bite to eat with friends. My weekend is pretty much over. And no I'm not lazy, I want to work, but I would prefer to work my own schedule.

  17. gina Says:

    I'm very tired of working. I wish that I could find a real work from home job. I wish that I didn't have to work at all. I hate that the world is all about working.

  18. Donna Says:

    I hate working too....i think flexibility will make it so easy for everyone...i pray that everyone be blessed with enough money to now work...stay home, travel, enjoy life...spend LOTS of time with the kids

  19. Rachel Says:

    First off, I'm amused by all the people in the world who did the exact same thing I did just a moment ago -- googled "tired of working." In any case, I agree that working is fine if you like who you work with and enjoy your job, but HAVING to work every day and at the same time is what can really tire you (well, me, in this case) out. I have a freelance job in addition to a 9-5 job to which I devote anywhere from 10-25 hours a month . While having a second job can be daunting at times, the extra income is great and I'm doing what I love to do for an organization that I also love. It is my hope that that job as a freelancer will one day become a full time freelancing gig or at least lead me to more freelance opportunities that together will enable me to pay the bills as I can now and yet allow me to have the flexibility I desire in a career....point being, freelancing may be a good starting point to a flexible full-time job, and while it may require you to have a second job in the short term, in the end, it may very well be worth it.

  20. eternalmadness Says:

    Im at work right now. I'm only 23 years old, I'm tired of working. I'm tired of riding the bus to work everyday, dealing with stupid people. The only saving grace is that I occasionally strike up a conversation with a total stranger on the bus, but people at my job are uptight, boring, full of themselves. I'm so sick of this, I don't wanna spend the rest of my life this way.

    Even worse is my job is in a basement, no windows, no sunlight, it's depressing.

  21. jen Says:

    I am so glad I found these posts. I search on google too and found this. I was feeling miserable, well, still am. Just started a new job after freelancing for 5 years, it's AWEFUL to have a job, especially the one you hate, and colleagues suck. My colleagues has a culture of watching each other, nosy and unfriendly. It's awful 40 hours a week! Freelancing doesn't bring good money but I can pay my bills just no saving. I heard in France you get 6 month vacation! Is this "work" ethic most prominent in the US? It's all about making money for other people and you will stay poor for the rest of your life. And for starting your own business, working a job aren't going to save you enough money to do so either. So I think I will check out the situation is France and Europe, and maybe go back to Freelance again and being poor, but don't feel like a nail in a machine. There's no way out in earth! Unless move to a jungle. In Buddhism, it says, if you need other human being's service, then you have to slave yourself to obtain them. So if I need less, then I don't need to slave too much. Maybe getting a small place and plant my own vegetables and grow my own animals. No TV, no car, less expense, less slavery. Thank God I don't have kids. It's going to be a long way for the human beings figure out a way to have a society that runs without everyone suffering.

  22. noworkforme Says:

    I've started my business 4 years ago, and at the same time I am still employed at my current employer. With the money I am making at my business, I pretty much don't care about my employer even if I got laid-off. Do something that you really love, and don't make excuses. STOP PROCRASTINATING!!!

  23. andi Says:

    I know everybody hates their jobs here, but beat THIS one: I'm 26, work at a warehouse, make 8.50 an hour (finally got back up to my starting pay as I started with shift differential), and I'm either standing around doing nothing for weeks on end or so busy that I have psychotic breaks and mental meltdowns. I also only have 3 friends that I see regularly, but never at the same time. that's spelled h e l l.

  24. Godz Son Says:

    I worked at Canadian Tire which is a retail store for 10 months, in Toronto. At first when I started the first three months were great I was working the stockroom area but then of course you run into miserable people. One guy had a disagreement with me but we came to a resolution and he became really cool with me. Now there was this one old women who said "I hate kids there annoying" one day while I was working and she was very judgemental you know the rude miserable white old lady type. I told her simply to stay quiet if she has nothing positive to talk about. I have a very high patience level but after 7 months I was stuck at min wage over here which is 9.50/hr. 3 months down the road a muslim girl with no prior supervisor experience gets promoted to supervisor of my department. I had switched to the salesfloor as well now I get micro-managed and watched by her like shes the police. I'm basically the janitor who always had to clean up the mess the morning staff made which is cardboard boxes lying all over the place and opened stock not put out on the shelf. We also had a black manager who is an idiot because he claimed to be a man of god. Now this same man of god claimed he was from the usa in the midwest omaha, nebraska. Originally I stayed in the heart of the midwest chicago then moved to Windsor,Canada and then to the shitty city of Toronto. Back to the black manager guy he said a very rude statement which goes like this "I hate the way African Americans act in the usa". I thought to myself you stupid asshole aren't you african american yourself why did you just insult your own people you prick. His attitude while working at this job was very commanding and demanding and loved to yell and threathin staff with constantly saying i'm going to let go of whoever for such and such. People wrote some bad shit about him on the washroom door and when they wrote my name as well I got pissed and said I would love the person who wrote that on the washroom door to come to my face and say what you wrote. Everyone in the store seemed untrustable except a certain few. I quit that useless job cause I know my intelligence level is much higher than anyone there and I am not a min wage slave. I hope this inspires anyone who reads this and do not give up suicide is not what will take you to heaven a natural death will open the gates to the lord also living a clean crime free life.

  25. The Tired One Says:

    Hahaha... everyone coming here from a google search.

    Me too.

    Working sucks. I used to own my own business and it was like being married to an overly-needy partner. And no sex. Now I work for "Da Man" and there's the normal workplace idiocy.

    Really, it's an ideal job for the work. But working just sucks. Just another clog. All those studies from the past about how many people hated working all the sudden "disappeared." Yeah right. Everything's become so alienated we've not only lost touch with each other, but ultimately ourselves.

    At least until we all end up wolfing down meds and paying off shrinks while we choke on artificial food of every type.

    Self/World destruction or bust! Nice legacy.

  26. memolano Says:

    Like many others... I am so tired of working... and I googled it too.

    I barely have 9 months at my present job and I am already tired of it. I hate sitting down in front of a computer for 8 hours a day. Job is ok, but not 8 hours a day.

    I remember working as a waiter and hating to be standing and rushing 8 hours a day. I remember working in the field (which was really cool) and hating to
    have to do it 8 hours a day.

    I have worked in so many different places and still don't feel satisfied with any of those. To me it seems that I reach a point when my new job is not something new anymore and then monotony strikes and I loose any kind of interest.

    I just think having to do anything 8 hours a day sucks. Even something enjoyable -say playing video games or going to the beach- would become tiring and monotonous doing it 40 hours a week.

    I tried to start my own business. I failed and quit easily. But I am going to try again and again. Next time I'll do it better and won't quit as easily. If I fail I will do it again and again until I succeed reaching economic independence and freedom of schedule or until I die trying.

    Thanks for opening a place to be able to express all my frustration with the work matter.

  27. kelvin Says:

    did the same thing as you guys did...i noticed that almost all of you are from a well off nation...how much more if you are in a third world country that i am in?im 19, stopped college due to financial constraints. i am working as a call center agent for an american firm and my workplace is synonymous to hell.i feel for you guys but, i cant just walk away and leave my job-it's hard with unemployment and underemployment soar all-time high.i have this too much burden in me..i think i dunt deserve this..i should be in school not at work.i just hope all of my hardships will pay off.i have no choice anyways.hehe.so,press on everybody and smile..have faith..im from the philippines by the way.

  28. Joel Says:

    I totally agree with all of you i hate working and im only 23 ive been working since i was 15 (since i was home-schooled i could work). I make 41K a year in a small ass town in the hillbilly hills of VA and still cannot keep a dollar in my wallet i see these ppl on welfare living better than me they have nice cars government pays 90% of their rent and welfare pays the rest and food-stamps pays for there food. I can barely eat and these little fucks are going out to eat every-night. So everybody get on welfare working will get you nowhere!

  29. Gerald Fnord Says:

    I have found this affirmation useful: The world owes me a living, it it's going to give it to me even if it means working like hell to get it.

    People who sneer at you for not wanting to work are just taking an opportunity to feel better than you. They should be ready with a full list of why you _should_ want to work, and leave any theological rigmarole out first of all.

    If they weren't too busy being unpleasant, such people might instead make the salient point: When has wanting something meant anything? You were famously born without wanting it, since there was no 'you' to want it (not until you first drew breath, and probably not after, given that your first reaction was to cry and scream). You will quite possibly not want to die when you do. Why should anything in between be as you want it?

    Things are right only when we make them right ('There is no Justice, there's Just Us,'); this can variously take the form of finding a better job, working like a dog and being lucky until you can retire, or working toward a revolution (social or technological) that destroys the hierarchical jobs system and doesn't replace it with something even worse.

    Get cracking; do as good a job as you can at getting what you want, without being a jerk about it. Know that it's right to want what you want, but that this has nothing directly to do with reality.

  30. JC Says:

    I'm just tired of working with stupid people who are part of a stupid system that only has politically correct goals. There's nothing to be gained, none of my real problems are resolved and I have hardly any time to myself anymore. I was happier on unemployment and starving. I need a shortcut to a real solution. Fast.

  31. michael Says:

    i'm sitting here at my job - doing what other people did - googled "tired of my job" and this came up.

    last comment from 12/13 -

    i make a decent salary but the job sucks. im not sure if i suck or the job does... maybe both.

    the only sucky part about starting over is the salary.

    I am trying to find myself all over again at age 39! woot! going to be 40 by the end of the year.

    I applied for EMT school just because it is so different than what i do now - which is sit at a desk while people are harping on ideas on generating more and more revenue. I know we are no long hunters or gatherers so making money replaces that "animal instinct.

    I need some thing different so that's what i did - applied to EMT school - but i haven't been accept yet - they want to interview all candidates so i wait another week and a half to see if i can get this going.

    i'll volunteer to see if i can get something out of this that i'm not getting at work.

    peace out.

  32. liraprentur Says:

    I am tired of working!! I am 35 yrs old and have been in the healthcare field for 9 yrs. I am so tired of talking to people and touching people. I wish I could stay at home. I would be happy with lights and cable. I am attractive enough to have someone take care of me. this is so ridiculous to have to wake up at 530 and work 12 hrs even if it is 3 days a week. People say I should be happy to make 70+ a yr. That's BS, for what I have to put up with it is NOT worth it. please please pray that I hit the lotto. I am tired of this, I want to stay home and workout and enjoy my life

  33. michael Says:

    hi liraprentur -

    i don't think money has anything to do with it and you sound burnt out.

    working with the public is hard - you have alot of nasty people out there.

    don't they have dating services that cater to rich affluent people?

    check that out.

    The EMT thing might fall through so i'm looking at some computer tech courses... like getting my A+ certification...

    good luck!

    peace out.


  34. R Says:

    Hey people...I googled "tired of working" and found this blog. I'm not posting to knock anyone's opinions on the work life, I read some of the posts and felt the want to share my own.
    I am tired of working for others. The owner of this blog said that he hasn't made any friends at work and I agree that the environmant has a hell of a lot to do with productivity, inspiration and overall well being. I am 40 years old and had to learn the hard way that work is just that: Work. I am blessed with social skills and as a man of color..I can strike up a conversation in a Ku Klux Klan rally..the people that don't speak to you at work have the personality traits of "Thinkers" meaning they may or may not have the ability or wish to talk to you or anyone at work. I work for a not for profit organization in the finance dept. (How boring is that) my team consists of 5 people and a lot of pressure to perform and produce. The exciting part of my job is that we are a multimedia dept WITHIN finance.. upper management KILLS our creativity and excitment by pressuring us to produce with deadlines. They even put an end to our work from home privleges because no one in Finance is allowed to do this..as a result, Moral is low and what would be considered a fun career has become a drag. I strongly suggest that you don't seek friends at work...look for that outside of the workplace. Instead, seek inspiration outside the workplace...once u make "friends" at work you could compromise your reputation. A lot of those people that don't speak to us at work are often times lonely, non social people. I have been at my job for 3 years and I have been accused of being non social as well. (When I started I would say "Good Morning" to everyone I encountered.. they would rather put their heads down and act as if they didn't hear, than wish me a good day in return.) I find peace and happiness with the friends I've made outside the job. I wish you all that Googled "tired of working" sincere happiness...there's museums, bars, free concerts in the park, trains, buses, also try Meet-up.com to find others with common interests...back to the point at hand...Working for the man. Keep the entreprenuerial spirit alive! You have organizations such as the freelancers union, and magazines like INC. It is the entreprenuer that fuels the economy, not the Govt.
    Best regards to all who read this.

  35. JP Says:

    Well, the same here. I am 37 years old,married, 2 kids.While in the states worked ,bought a big home,two cars,picked fence, the "American dream", then decided to travel and see parts of the world and BAM, woke up and realized that there should be more to life than just getting up to the same routine every day paying bills for years. Falling into societies trap of the "more you have the happier you will be", so I sold everything, moved to the Caribbean,Puerto Rico, downgraded to a very small house by the ocean, and at the beginning everything was great! Took half a year off, felt free, hiked,lived like a beach bum and them fell back to a routine into a job I don't like. I know it is because of fear of opening my own business that I keep falling back into the boring workforce. I just want to be in control of my time, feel free, feel in charge of what I do and when I do it. There is no greater feeling than that type of freedom. And I understand that it is up to me and only me to make that decision. And I will, I will have my own business and live the way I want,not how the rest of society wants. I better start before it is to late!!!!!!

  36. RH Says:

    I totally agree with what zzzzzzzzzzzz and No_Excuses said. I respect what they said. You need to nip the lazyness in the bud and start working towards what you want in life rather than just whining about it. And remember - "its not about who you are, but what you want". So have a goal and work towards it and like No_Excuses said, it wont be a cakewalk.

  37. sick&tired Says:

    Like many of you did, I googled "tired of my job" and did is what popped up. Its amazing how the original post is from 5 years ago and yet people are still commenting on it, which made me realize how the situation has not changed at all.

    Like the original post, at 26, I feel so burned out and sick of my job. I have been working as an auditor for a CPA firm, making $50k a year for 2 and a half yrs now and I absolutely hated it from day one. Ive been searching for a different job ever since but with the economy as it is, the competition out there is tough. The high stress nature of the job, followed by a LOT of travel and high turnover has definitely taken its toll on me to the point where it has affected my performance at work-I really dont care if I get fired or if not that, I'm so close to just walking away from it all. The stress has affected my health, my self esteem, and my morale. Everybody who said money is not a motivation is correct. I'd rather make $8/hour doing something that gives me satisfaction and fulfillment than waste away in a cube or being treated like the "plague" for being the bad, mean auditor. It is my biggest regret having taken this job.

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