SIGNS OF TOXIC PRODUCTIVITY AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT.
HERE ARE SOME SIGNS OF TOXIC PRODUCTIVITY.
Toxic productivity can be difficult to spot, and you may be resistant to recognizing it in yourself.
We all get to that point in life where we push ourselves to unhealthy maximal and focus on productivity to the exclusion of everything else in our lives.
Some signs to look out for:
- Intermission makes you anxious- Perseverance and determination is admirable, but if your work ethic means that you’re ignoring human requirements like the need to eat, drink, sleep, or go to the bathroom, then your hard work ethic” is toxic productivity in disguise.
- Having unrealistic expectations – Expecting the same output from yourself every day, irrespective of the external factors and stressful situations that may disrupt normalcy, is unreasonable.
- Being restless – If you feel guilty taking a break or time off and feel your self-worth reducing, you may be suffering from toxic productivity.
- Success feels meaningless – Ostensibly, being successful is the whole point of being productive but people dealing with toxic productivity end up getting caught in a cycle of being productive just for the sake of productivity. This may mean that when you finally accomplish your goal, it feels hollow, empty, or not good enough. Or you may feel too burned out to appreciate it.
A lot of us are faced with feelings of low self-worth when we aren’t producing, creating, or working in some way, or are distracted by comparing ourselves to others that you see as more productive than you. That is unhealthy. It is important to work hard, but equally important to not work yourself to a burnout.
HOW DO WE DEAL WITH TOXIC PRODUCTIVITY?
- Do nothing – I know, I know sounds so lazy and very absurd, but resting is not for the weak. Make a conscious effort to take time during your day to do absolutely nothing. It doesn’t matter how you spend this downtime. But resist the urge to set a goal for this activity. Your brain needs some periods of nothingness to rest and reset.
- Take time to define clear work – life boundaries, maybe it’s the minimum hours of sleep you will get every day, spending quality time with friends and family.
- Include a self-care routine.- Mindfulness is a way to help us connect to ourselves and the present moment. Schedule time every day to do something relaxing and pampering for yourself.
- Limit Tech time.- Toxic productivity thrives in our modern connected digital culture, so unplugging is key to letting that stress go. Schedule a time each week to spend at least an hour without any electronics, including your phone.
We may often find ourselves caught in a toxic cycle of chasing accomplishments that give us a temporary sense of worth, and when that wears off, we go looking for the next accomplishment. Having and chasing goals are important, but a sense of self-worth cannot be defined by that alone.
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