Nowadays, being productive seems to be a must for Millennials, right KALMers? Especially for people who follow the Hustle Culture. You feel regret if you are not productive. Feels like you are wasting your time. Even some people are willing to cut their rest time to work. Just to make themselves productive. And because of it here it is, the term Toxic Productivity emerged.
What is Toxic Productivity and how can we prevent it? Check out the following article!
You may have heard of the term ‘workaholic’ or ‘Hustle Culture’? These two things seem to complement each other in creating toxic productivity. If you are a workaholic who works in a Hustle Culture environment, it is not impossible for you to experience toxic productivity. Toxic productivity as mentioned by clinical psychologist Elena Welsh, PhD, is a condition that’s more severe than workaholics. Someone who is stuck in this toxic behavior always feels the urge to be productive all the time, not only at work but in all areas of their life.
It makes us feel like we are never enough. Not only does it impair our ability to build self-esteem, but it can also have negative impacts on our physical health. Moreover, it actually causes a decrease in our work performance. Someone suffering from toxic productivity is more likely to make mistakes and even become less productive. Hmm, what a paradox!
Signs of Toxic Productivity
- So busy with work that it becomes detrimental to your health. If you are too busy with your work to the point you forget your own basic needs (eating, sleeping, meeting friends & family, and other responsibilities outside of work) then you have fallen into this toxic behavior.
- Have unrealistic career expectations. You set hard to achieve goals every day so much that you feel lacking if you haven’t achieved them all.
- Anxious and difficult to rest. You feel guilty for sleeping, relaxing, or taking time off. Not only that, you feel like your self-worth is diminishing as you do them, you may be stuck in toxic productivity.
How to Prevent It
Then what can we do so that we are not trapped in toxic productivity?
1. Put Your Self-Care Agenda in To-do-list
If you’re the type of person who finds it hard to take a break, then schedule it! Even if it’s just drinking coffee in the morning or doing your skincare routine. Whatever the Self-care menu you like, schedule it as if it’s an important agenda so you will not neglect it. Currently, there are many Time Blocking applications available to make it easier for you to do scheduling.
2. Free Yourself from Gadgets
Social media can be very toxic because you keep comparing your achievements to others. In addition, constantly seeing incoming messages from your Boss or client makes you unable to enjoy your rest time. Schedule time each week to turn off your gadgets so you can focus on enjoying your free time.
3. Positive Self-Talk
Are you the type of person who measures your self-worth by accomplishments? This is what makes you trapped in a toxic productivity. You may always be thirsty for achievement. Use more positive sentences to define yourself that are not related to career and achievement. You can fill in the Gratitude Journal on the KALM App to write positive things that you are grateful for about yourself (download it here).
4. Process Your Emotions
Many of these toxic productivity behaviors are driven by underlying fears like failure, guilt, feelings of unworthiness, and insecurities. Instead of avoiding them by trying to keep yourself busy, try to acknowledge and process the emotions. You can ask a mental health professional to help you deal with these feelings.
Feel free to start counseling at KALM. You can download the KALM App on the Apps Store or Google Store for counseling with professional Kalmselors.
In addition, for companies that need mental health services for employees, KALM has Kalmporate services ready to help you! Our Kalmporate services consist of mental health assessments, workshops and webinars, and group counseling. If your company is interested in these services, you can contact us at email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Read more articles about our collaboration with other companies here: Productive or Just Acting Busy? (KALM X OVO Part 1), Listen To Your Body (KALM X OVO Part 2), and KALM Webinar for Populix: Free Yourself from Stress
With KALM, let’s create a work environment that focuses on the well-being and mental health of employees in order to create optimal productivity.
Written by: Rachma Fitria
Translated by: Rachma Fitria
Edited by: Lukas Limanjaya
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