I hate when I have a day off and I’m just twiddling my thumbs with no long to do list.
A few weeks ago, my laptop has an issue with power, so I wasn’t able to work for about 2 days straight.
I have basically had a mini anxiety attack, because I’m scared of doing nothing!
I feel like Chicken Licken….. the sky is falling on my head.
Toxic productivity is what I am suffering from
What are the signs of TOXIC PRODUCTIVITY?
Let me share 4 of them.
You work so much that it harms your health and personal relationships.
If you are ignoring basic human requirements like eating, sleeping, meeting friends and family and forgetting your other obligations and responsibilities, then you are falling into the trap of toxic productivity.
Having unrealistic expectations.
Expecting the same output from yourself everyday, irrespective of other factors and stressful situations.
Feeling guilty for taking a break or time off.
And when you do take time off, you feel as though your self-worth is reducing.
[That’s So Meeeeee!!! ]
Attaching your self-worth to how productive you are or how many hours in a day you have worked.
We see this everyday…. “Meeenn… I have worked so hard today!”
4 Ways To Get Over Toxic Productivity
Truth be told, very many of us are suffering from Toxic productivity. We feel like we must spend hours crunching numbers or churning out content, etc every single day.
It often comes at the price of family time, personal down-time, and more.
If this is you, don’t worry… You’re not alone!
So, what do you need to do to heal toxic productivity?
Let me suggest these 4 Ways to get over it.
1. Set realistic goals, that are achievable, can be adjusted as needed and also make you feel good.
You may be running around over working, but you aren’t actually meeting any big goals.
2. Remember that resting is not for the weak.
Enjoy breaks to rejuvenate, refresh your mind, without feeling guilty.
(This point is targeted to me….I need a spoonful of my own medicine here )
3. Listen to people around you, especially the ones you trust.
If your family and loved ones keep telling you that you’re letting work get in the way of your other responsibilities then it is time to change.
“Mum, are you still working…. Again?!?”
4. Take time to define clear work – life boundaries. How?
Set minimum hours of sleep you will get everyday.
Try and go to bed at the same time every day.
Spend quality time with family.
Simply no phones during dinner is a game changer.
If you find yourself caught in a toxic cycle of chasing accomplishments, remind yourself that your goals and your work can shift.
Remember to follow quality of what you are doing, and not just the quantity.
Did you find this useful? Let me know what you will implement in the comments.
Have a toxic free week!