A fundamental truth about career management is that if you want to effect a positive change, you'll have a sense what you want from your next role, a direction.
That's not to say you’ll necessarily know specifics, but focusing on your expectations will support you to build a positive momentum. These expectations can include factors like work environment, income, geography, leadership style etc.
A common trap people can fall into is focusing on the things they don't want in their next job. Personally, I think its a major contributor to people feeling stuck, and not moving forward in their careers.
Consider the following two approaches:
I'm not sure what I want to do, but I'm clear on what I don't want:
I don't want to report to a micromanager
I don't want to work in the city
I don't want to work in a noisy environment
I don't want to be underpaid
I don't want to do stakeholder management
In my next role, I’m looking for opportunities where:
the leadership is trusting and supportive
the location is 30 minutes from home and easily accessible by train
the work environment is calm and professional
the salary is competitive for the responsibilities I perform
there are opportunities for me to work on my own