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How to tell when it's time to leave

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You know you've been with the same practice for too long when:

Your direct line at work is the only phone number you know off by heart.

You find yourself saying the practice name when you pick up the phone at home.

You can recite the entire menu at the nearest cafe from memory.

You can't remember what it was like to have an interview for a new job.

Changing desks is a serious psychological trauma.

You find yourself saying:

'What we used to do before we had computers'.

You know the precise domestic circumstances of every one of your colleagues.

You, personally, have been romantically involved with more than one of them.

Long-lost friends start writing to you at the office on the grounds that it is the most reliable way to track you down.

You get more Christmas cards at work than you do at home.

You stumble across photographs of the Christmas party in a long-forgotten drawer - and spend the afternoon dissecting everybody's haircut and clothes in an attempt to establish which year it must have been.

You pass the photos round the office and nobody recognises you.

Everybody in the office gets on really well with your 'ex'.

The cleaner routinely enquires after your mum.

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