How Productivity Can Become Toxic

Most of us appear to have a complicated (if not toxic) relationship with our productivity. We try to be productive but fall into traps of overthinking; we try to do meaningful work, but we trip and fall frequently.

But this is all part of the standard profitability curve. Some days you believe you’re doing well, while on others, you don’t seem to be accomplishing anything. That is wholly accepted and expected.

Here are a few points to keep in mind to help you get out of a productivity rut:

  • Bear in mind that artistic output should be enjoyable.
  • Not everything has to be enjoyed all of the time. There are times when we must persevere. But, in general, you should enjoy the majority of the activities.
  • Take note of your emotional state.
  • You won’t get much done if you’re depressed, uninspired, or disappointed. Always put yourself first. Don’t beat yourself up for taking care of yourself.

In general, it’s a good idea to evaluate what you’re doing and why on a regular basis. It can assist you in changing your negative habits and thought patterns, allowing you to be more productive.

According to Shaun Connell, an entrepreneur, and people expert, the biggest sign of toxic productivity is “Working to the extent that it harms your health or personal relationships.”

When you notice your loved ones complaining and asking questions they would not usually ask. When you don’t have time to call them just to say hello. Putting your family members to the test and causing them to worry may not seem like a big deal, but it is.

Neglecting responsibilities and ignoring personal commitments is another sign that your tunnel vision at work is causing harm to you and your family and friends. Irrespective of how busy you are, it is critical to maintain your individual responsibility. Take a break to call or visit your family members to absolutely guarantee your well-being and also attend to your personal needs.

Don’t let your level of productivity wreak havoc on your personal relationships. I’ve seen posts, blogs, and videos on social media yelling “make a profit off of this” and “generate income on that.” They inadvertently start encouraging hyper-productivity but eventually make you feel as if you’re not doing enough (even when you are).

The American lionization of the entrepreneur ignores its flaws — egotism, perfectionism, family abandonment, lack of balance, and obsession. These are not universally good things, but they are frequently applied to developing great companies.

Having a hardworking mindset can be beneficial or detrimental. I’ve been through all of these, and I can tell you that you can work positively without displaying them. It’s a good thing the signs aren’t permanent.

To conclude, take a moment to practice meditation, have a one-on-one conversation with yourself — set clear goals, and understand that everyone’s time is different — take a short break to rest and pamper yourself because you only have one life.