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Monday morning and the only thing that goes through my mind is wow I hate my job. Between the strict requirement of releasing billing time daily, high billable goal and I guess a heavy workload (and everything that comes with living through a pandemic) it’s hard to start my day excited for work. And I hate it. Makes me question why I’m doing this for a living.

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Totally understandable. I’m almost there. No quite at the “hate my job” stage yet but I’m feeling burnt out. I need a vacation or something.

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This is so relatable. I get the same feelings, and when I do I try to focus on any transferable skills I’m gaining from this job that I can take to another. Even if that skill is putting up with a job I hate and finding the resolve to push through it. Hang in there!

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Same here. I lay in bed forever on weekdays and on weekends, I get up super early because I’m actually excited about the day.

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The pandemic has definitely exacerbated this feeling. Everyday is exactly the same 🎶

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Hello, are you me?

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Hello, twin!

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I had the exact same feeling this morning. And last night. And every time I’m not so distracted that I inevitably think about work

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Yes!!

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