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Old 08-11-12, 10:29 PM
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Difficulty staying with one job?

I don't mean in terms of being fired or otherwise terminated from employment, I mean choosing to quit one job and start another, or take on two or three jobs, just for variety's sake.

I've never been fired from a job, but I always end up quitting after a few months or years because I get bored and restless, and want to try something new. I'm making the most money I've ever made at this point in my life (it's still not very much, but it's more per hour than I've ever made before) but I find myself getting more and more fed up with the work.

I used to love my job, it was always novel and interesting, but after a few years I've found that the novelty has worn off and I'm getting really sick of it. I used to wake up and be excited about what I would learn at work that day. Now I can barely stand to drag myself there, I feel like hitting my head against the wall all day long.

I feel like I'm nuts because I'm looking for new jobs, or thinking about reducing my hours at my current job so I can take on a third job (I already have a second unpaid position part-time in church ministry). What person in their right mind reduces their hours at a job that pays well, to take on new work at a job that barely pays above minimum wage??

I just wish I could settle in one place and be happy with one line of work. I'm afraid I will never be able to stick to one job for more than a few years without getting this stir-crazy feeling and needing to quit and try something new. Does anyone else have issues with this, and is there anything you've found that helps, short of quitting and starting a new job?
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Re: Difficulty staying with one job?

I get bored easily at work. Once I've "mastered" my jobs I lose interest.

I got a 30/hr week job in high school and have worked 2 jobs most of my adult life. Partly out of need and partly because I love working. However, if you look at my job history I do not stay very long with many of them.

My current job is the one contradiction to that pattern. I found a position in which I get to move around a lot, every day is different, and the work remains both challenging and fun. Phew!

I think working is just my way of getting stimulation. I like to be the best at my job, but once I do that then it loses it's attraction.
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Old 08-11-12, 11:27 PM
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Re: Difficulty staying with one job?

Yeah that old hyperactive restlessness causes this exact sort of thing. I have had 17 jobs in the last 8 years. I am trying so so hard to hang on to this one, I made it just past one year.. yes there are days i feel trapped but I am absolutely terrified of trying to figure out yet another reason I can put on my resume for not having a job longterm.
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Re: Difficulty staying with one job?

Working for a big organisation can help here. I've worked for the same organisation for 6 years and had 6 different positions. Being able to move around stops you getting bored.
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Re: Difficulty staying with one job?

I completely understand what you mean. At a time when I was underemployed I was bouncing around from crappy jobs every 3 months. It's like I never actually stopped job hunting.

Even in more career-aligned jobs, 12-18 months was my max timeframe. Typically every 3-4 months I'd go on a job hunting spree until I made a bunch of contacts. Then eventually I'd get a random interview for a slightly better paying job, and just up and leave my company. I've fought myself to stay focused at the job I'm at right now, because I still get antsy, but I need to stay here while I finish school, and I have a kid now, so temp-perm without benefits is off the table for the next 17 years

But yes - Even right now, working in a well paying, reasonably relaxed, educationally supportive, job that is 10 minutes from my house, where I'm treated pretty well considering I'm in a support position... I still jump on Monster sometimes and submit my application to a bunch of places, just anxious to be doing something else, somewhere else.
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Re: Difficulty staying with one job?

I've quit everything. Every job, every relation, every study, even home and even this continent as well in one year. All that but where I'm now... thanks to medication and real motivation. For the reasons you gave above.

I'm in impatient mode again, can't write long.
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Re: Difficulty staying with one job?

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Working for a big organisation can help here. I've worked for the same organisation for 6 years and had 6 different positions. Being able to move around stops you getting bored.
I agree w/ you 100%. I lose my focus and concentration very quickly when I have to do the same thing everyday. I also end up wasting time and not being very productive.
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Re: Difficulty staying with one job?

I have about a year or so at a job. My time is always limited. I make it about a year, will master the position, and then leave.

Though I get bored with the job, my bigger problem is my OCD, and I am stubborn. I grew up in a family where I had a lot of power to make decisions. I don't have as much of that at my work. That is tough on me.

I also get frustrated with little things, for an example, there is a small scratch on the wallpaper behind the desk where I work. They won't be fixing it. I know it isn't a big deal, however to me it is. I will end up going elsewhere to "find something better" however it is the same stuff, everywhere.
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Re: Difficulty staying with one job?

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Yeah that old hyperactive restlessness causes this exact sort of thing. I have had 17 jobs in the last 8 years. I am trying so so hard to hang on to this one, I made it just past one year.. yes there are days i feel trapped but I am absolutely terrified of trying to figure out yet another reason I can put on my resume for not having a job longterm.

Mine starts out with the boredom and restlessness and in a few quick months it becomes that trapped feeling along with terrifying anxiety, longest job I have ever had was a year and a half, and I just got hired on to my 17th job since my first one in 2002, so 12 years 17 jobs, most of them I quite, a couple I was let go because I became inattentive, which if they knew I have ADHD then I could probably sue them for it, but I just don't want anyone to use it for an excuse to hold me back.
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Re: Difficulty staying with one job?

I have been driving a truck for SEVEN YEARS!! I have never ever ever had a job this long! Oh I was a bartender for years,but in a lot of different bars.

I would start out at a new job so happy and excited and then having to go in to work at the same place,see the same people,drive the same roads to and from MADE ME CRAZY!!

So I would quit. Driving a truck,however, is different every day! And a little dangerous too so it keeps my adrenaline going. Except I might be getting a little to old to keep it up.
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Re: Difficulty staying with one job?

The longest I've ever had a job is 1 yr. I tend to get bored within the FIRST DAY...or week...of a job...then I just up and leave and go do temporary work through Labor Ready until I find another job. It's not a good habit to get into. When I get bored and understimulated at work, I get depressed. And when I get depressed...well, I end up quitting that job, walking out, whatever. I'm frustrated with myself. I'm unable to take stimulant meds because of heart problems so I don't really know what to do anymore. When I could take adderall, I was fine, I was alot happier and mentally stable than I am now.
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Re: Difficulty staying with one job?

..Story of my adult life.

I find something to hate about it. What I have noticed in recent months is that my ADHD has contributed to my unpleasant experiences, too.
For example while I am working another co-workers starts talking about something, i join in. Sometimes this causes problems. I used to think it was me being social, and I thought it was a positive thing, but considering the problems it brings, I realize I was wrong.
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Re: Difficulty staying with one job?

I found a job where my boss gives me a lot of leeway to go after side projects that annoy me. I work in IT.

There's something about bad interfaces or clunky tasks that infuriate me, and I get into the "this is ********, and I can fix it" mode very easily. My boss knows about the ADHD, and she understands that her best option is to steer this impulse rather than putting up road blocks.

So my job has evolved into sort of an IT version of a handyman. It works well for me. I still couldn't pull it off without medication, but it's better than all of the other jobs I've had.
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Re: Difficulty staying with one job?

as well as having being fired from various positions, i do this all the time with courses jobs etc..my shortest job lasted a day, longest was a year ...its because i have these great expectations driven by impulse about a job, get there, struggle manging my adhd, ***** up and get fired/bored/impulsive and do something else instead...i have literally walked out of a job before...got there , said f**k this, and walked out...very destructive element of my adhd...you are very similar to me keliza, you are combined arent you ? xx do you think your H symptoms are a big driver in a lot of these problems
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Re: Difficulty staying with one job?

Same here, quit after a few weeks or months. Find someone to blame but in reality I was just bored. Actually this aspect of my life was the one that in the end forced me to seek treatment.

I was really lucky once to get a part time job that mostly involved talking/sharing with new people all the time and managed to keep this one for a while.
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