We’re a few weeks into the New Year and perhaps you’re already groaning under the weight of your resolutions. Or falling behind in your goal-setting plans and feeling burned out. Or obsessing that somehow, some way, there needs to be more hours in the day to accomplish all the tasks and activities you desire. How else will you measure up to the standards you and your family, friends, society…the universe!...definitely have for you? Congratulations, you may have toxic productivity!
A pop psychology term (and TikTok talking point) that’s bubbled up in the past few years, toxic productivity is loosely defined as a detrimental fixation on achievement and activity that leads to less life satisfaction, not more. It can show up in your career, your family life, even in your neighborhood (step away from the Next Door app!). In the interests of well-being, we spoke to a psychologist about how to know if you’re a victim of toxic productivity, and how to realign your schedule to be less stressed and more content.