Toxic productivity is a topic come to light under the covid19 shutdown. When the covid19 shutdown commenced, toxic productivity materialised.
Toxic productivity comes from this idea that we must use the time we have at home as a kind of radical transformation to ourselves. The pressure to come out of the shutdown with a new skill or having achieved something great after this shutdown.
It seemed to be the perfect way to make sense of a circumstance that was new and uncomfortable. The idea that we would be at home for what could possibly be months was enough to make me feel claustrophobic.
Something that started as a way to help people through the shutdown has in itself turned toxic. You see we have a new culture on the internet that expects a certain amount of availability on our timelines. That means we reveal more and more about ourselves online.
Succumbing to the pressure of these radical transformations becomes part of the need to keep up appearances. I remember I committed to really keep fit this shut down, and every time I see a fitness video by a friend I kind of cringe.
Imagine if you do not just cringe though, that you are swallowed by a wave of guilt each time you see others sticking to their so-called transformative journeys. That you have buried yourself under unrealistic expectations of what you should achieve every day.
Till you are working yourself thin and do not get enough rest as a result. This is when you know that your aim for productivity is toxic.
Trying to do anything when you are at home all day every day is hard. Sometimes it is easier to stay in bed than to get out of it. If you are on a transformative journey through, do keep in mind your overall wellbeing.
Do things that you really enjoy, more than those you don’t. Take the time off to relax and do not be so hard on yourself for doing so. Not sharing on social media may also really help to take the pressure off.
This time inside our homes is perhaps the longest most can recall in memory. It is a little strange and can be nerve-wracking, so finding ways to cope is understandable. Just do not forget that your well being and mental health are important and if it does not make you feel good it probably is not for you.