Trying to juggle a job and family life has become the new norm for many women. But, trying to ‘do it all’ can lead to toxic productivity, increased mental health concerns, and negative health consequences.
Maybe you feel less than, overwhelmed, stuck, uninspired, and even weighted down like you cannot do another thing. These could be all signs of toxic productivity.
Welp, we definitely want to avoid that shit!
If this is you and you’re struggling with feeling like you need to constantly prove your worth and be available 24/7, I got you. You can be productive without killing yo-self! Here’s how…
6 tips:how to be productive & manage toxic productivity
1. The first step to managing toxic productivity is recognizing it.
It’s important to know the difference between being ‘so busy’ and toxic productivity. Here are a few signs to help you get started. The reality is, you don’t have superhuman powers and there is no such thing as having enough hours in the day. Feel like you can’t get it all done? Slow down and listen to the signs and try not to take on too much at once.
2. Learn the magical power of saying ‘no’.
If adding one more thing on your to-do list will push you over the edge – don’t do it! Prioritize your own wellbeing over pleasing other people and stop adding more tasks than you can realistically handle.
3. I always tell our clients that NO is a complete sentence, boo.
You don’t have to explain to anyone why you don’t want to do something, I promise!
4. Learn how to properly relax.
Whew, this one is HARD. Truly unplugging and relaxing can be so restorative but sooo hard to learn how to do. This takes some practice. A good starting point is to put your phone down and not pick it back up in small increments. We suggest you start by taking 5 minutes at a time and keep building on it each week.
No matter how busy life gets, taking good care of yourself will benefit you, your to-do list, and everyone around you.
5. Set realistic goals for yourself that focus more on quality than quantity.
This will help you avoid burnout and give yourself room to breathe. Don’t try to lose 20 pounds in a week or get your whole house organized in 1 day. Slow and steady = real, sustainable change that will make you not only manage toxic productivity but will actually make you happier and healthier for the rest of your life.
6. Create effective boundaries around your work life and personal life.
This will ensure you prioritize yourself without sacrificing your career goals.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed — it’s OK to lean on colleagues or mentors if you find yourself in over your head. We all do, from time to time!
Finally, try to stay positive; even though toxic productivity may leave you feeling drained, keeping a positive outlook can help you stay focused and motivated while achieving success.
So these are our 6 tips on how to manage toxic productivity. We know this urge to do it all, be it all, and have it all, can be so enticing and hard to resist, but we’ve got you! We help women who struggle with this and would love to help you too! Just give us a call or click here to self-schedule now.
Remember: you don’t have to struggle alone. We look forward to working with you!