Seven signs to know if you have fallen into the clutches of toxic productivity

For some time now, what of be productive It has become very fashionable. Entrepreneurs based in Silicon Valley and their success stories, in which hours and hours of creativity, meetings, brainstorming and more predominate, have put in our minds the idea that every minute, every second, counts.

If you stop, you run the risk of missing the train to business success or professional. You always have to be devising a new business, starting it up, networking, looking at job offers in your sector, studying your competition…

Many things, perhaps too many, for mere mortals, who are programmed to work, but also to rest. And, above all, disconnect. Resting the mind is essential in the era of permanent connectivityHence, the new currents that are committed to a slow or leisurely lifestyle have created a new concept: that of toxic productivity.

Being productive to the extreme has become a toxic behavior that only generates stress, anxiety and people who end up burned out of their jobs. The problem that it is difficult to detect the habits or behaviors that lead to toxic productivity. Therefore, we are going to help you detect them so that you can correct them before it is too late.

Analyze if this happens to you and act

We are going to see seven points that are typical in people with toxic productivity.

1. They never disconnect: If you do not take off your mobile or laptop even at night when you get home, you may have this problem. People who take productivity to the extreme do not disconnect even on vacation, because they fear that, if they let their guard down, things will go wrong.

2. Rest days are not allowed: In fact, workaholics boast of not having a day off a week, something that ends up taking its toll, since both the mind and the body need to rest and detoxify to function fully. If you don’t take even one day a week to rest or make leisure plans, you may even end up hating what you do.

3. They sleep badly and few hours: workaholics have a lot of trouble falling asleep. By forcing themselves to always stay connected, they sleep for a few hours and always have their mobile phone on and close by to consult or attend to anything at all times. The lack of rest leads to anxiety and stress, so it is not a good idea for those who want to be productive.

4. They eat after hours, in any way and anything: neither do they allow themselves the pleasure of taking their time to eat good food well. Poor nutrition, and even the lack of it, is another hallmark of those who are hooked on work. They skip meals and do not respect logical eating times, something that also takes its toll on their health. You have to eat consciously, feed yourself with good products and not throw away ultra-processed foods due to lack of time.

5. They neglect their personal relationships: workaholics neglect their relatives, friends, partners… They barely see them and when they do, it’s in a hurry and always talking about work. They do not remember to call them or take an interest in their things, which causes them to lose important ties and disappoint their loved ones. They close their circle so much that they risk being left alone.

6. They say they are married to their work: for them it is their greatest passion, which is why they justify the hours they spend being productive, arguing that they will rest later, but they never do. They end up locking themselves in a vicious circle from which they do not know how to get out. They confuse passion with obsession.

7. They obsess over the competition: they analyze the competition to the extreme and are always alert in case they do something better or get ahead of a project or launch. This makes them even neglect their own project, because they are more concerned about their neighbor than their own.

Surely most of us have some of these traits, since we have been educated in the mentality that you have to sacrifice at work to succeed. We brag about the hours we put in when that is really taking away quality time in our lives and being able to give our best professionally. So if you recognize yourself in these behaviors, stop and reset. Because the consequences of continuing like this can be very bad.

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