Your kids are in a different activity seven days a week
If productivity is something you value, it makes sense that you would want your family and friends to also be productive. However, that can become toxic when you’re constantly pushing those around you to work harder and accomplish more.
Watching others have fun annoys you
Toxic productivity may become so extreme that not only do you hold yourself and your loved ones to impossibly high standards but you may feel a deep disdain watching anyone “squander” time doing something that appears unproductive to you.
Your bedside table is full of self-improvement books
The massive beauty and self-help industries are dedicated to the idea that you aren’t good enough as you are but if you work hard enough (and buy enough products) you can get better.
It can feel like you’re running an endless treadmill of always trying to be a smarter, richer, prettier human being – yet never quite getting there. This can shred your self-esteem, leaving you feeling worthless.
How to stop the cycle
If this is sounding a little too familiar, you may have fallen into some toxic patterns. Don’t worry, there are things you can do right now to get back to a healthier balance in your life.