Unrealistic expectations – Toxic Productivity

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Unrealistic expectations can break you.

During the beginning phase of lockdown did you start with plans of doing something truly meaningful and productive?
Have you been pushing yourself to self-improve and focusing on your productivity?
If this is true it’s quite possible that you are feeling overwhelmed because you are simply not able to achieve the ‘unrealistic’ expectations you may have set for yourself.

Whether it is writing a book, creating the most complicated three-course meal for your family, working on your fitness regime or simply just hustling at work and that too without any break – Well this means you might be succumbing to toxic productivity.

Unrealistic Expectations lead to toxic productivity.

This is quite similar to workaholism or hustle culture
It refers to an unhealthy and extreme obsession with productivity, which is never ending and never enough.

It is an obsession with work where more matters, even if the quality isn’t that great.

It can get you overwhelmed to the extent that you can only see your self-worth when attached to the amount of work you are doing.

What are the signs of toxic productivity?

1. You work so much that it harms your personal relationships and health:

You are falling into the trap of toxic productivity, if you are ignoring basic human requirements like sleeping, eating, socializing and forgetting your other responsibilities.

2. Having unrealistic expectations :

its unreasonable to Expect the same output from yourself everyday, irrespective of the stressful situations or external factors that may disrupt normalcy.

3. Being restless:

If you feel guilty taking a break or time off and feel that your self-worth is reducing, you could be suffering from toxic productivity.

Most of us attach our self-worth to how many hours in a day we have worked or how productive we are, which is quite unhealthy.

It is important to work hard, but equally important to not work yourself out.

If you feel like you may be suffering from a case of toxic productivity right now, you are not alone.

The good news is, you can take simple steps to circumvent this habit.

Register for my workshop on Mindful Productivity now and get ready for some shocking revelations.

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Watch this video to understand about TOXIC PRODUCTIVITY and how unrealistic expectations can push you on the path of anxiety and depression.

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Preetjyot Kaur
Preetjyot Kaur is an Internationally Accredited Life Coach for Kids and a Certified Parenting Coach who strongly believes in breaking the stereotypes. She helps her clients to learn how to fulfil their dreams by helping them train their mind, manage emotions & energy to achieve what they truly desire. For over 6 years she has mentored quite a number of kids and parents to move closer to a better way of living.

30 comments

  1. Toxic productivity is something people may not realize. They must be seeing the sign of anxiety or dissatisfaction when not able to meet their desired list of things to do but the truth is as you said, they might be suffering from toxic productivity. I am sure, your workshop will definitely help them in understanding the traits and handling them in time.

  2. We’ve all faced some kind of toxic productivity during the lockdown, thanks to everyone else’s rocking social media feed. Your workshop will be quite helpful. All the best!

  3. The term Toxic Productivity was new to me till I read your blog post. I realised that there are so many people in this world and in my close circles who suffer from this problem. I am so glad that you are holding a workshop on the topic. All the best! May your words heal the world 🙂

  4. I completely agree with you… These unrealistic expectations are taking toll on our personal and professional lives ..one needs to define their boundaries to live stress free yet productive life.

  5. Couldn’t agree more! Our life is changed ever since the lockdown became the new normal, however, the real problem lies in the lame adaption of change. Work-life balance is something we aren’t used to, hence all the mental and toxic effects. I am definitely sharing about these workshops with my peers. You are doing a great job.

  6. I really liked how you said “… work hard , not work yourself out …” Setting goals is an important part of stepping up productivity but the goals need to be realistically set and met to not cause toxicity and negative repercussions.

  7. I completely agree with you… These unrealistic expectations are taking toll on our personal and professional lives ..thanks for sharing about the workshops . I will share this with my friends.

  8. I didnt think about it much but yes I have max of these issues. I do over work sometimes which hamper my mental health, sometimes I really feel restless. But ya I have to cut down my work coz a person cant work like this.

  9. This blog is a much-needed read for the simple reason that all along we are talking about how men are supporting women in household chores but how little are we talking about mums who are juggling work and home OR those who are now 24*7 on their toes because house chores have been amplified.

  10. It’s so easy to give in to the hustle and try to compete with everyone without taking care of your own needs. And yet it’s so important to guard against toxicity of any kind.

  11. Especially in these days of work from home where the line between work and personal life are getting blurred, it quite easy to swerve to either side of the line. And indeed, too much of it can be very exhausting and take a toll on you, mentally, physically and of course, professionally. If we don’t discover it in time…

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