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5 Signs of Toxic Productivity (and How to Beat It)

As more people become remote workers, the line between work and leisure becomes blurred. Some homeworkers feel pressured to be available for work at all hours to prove their worth and make a living. This makes it challenging for freelancers to disconnect and enjoy time off guilt-free.

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Toxic productivity is a constant “do” mindset. In this mode, your brain is buzzing and filled with to-do’s even when it should be resting. Freelance writers often struggle with turning down work because they fear missing out, or disappointing their clients. They may feel that their success depends on being available for every project thrown their way. Or, some may even need money badly enough, making it even harder to say ‘no.’

Hustle culture is damaging to health and wellbeing. According to the study “The Work-Life Balance and Psychosocial Well-Being of South Korean Workers,” by Jae Won Yang, Chunhui Suh, Chae Kwan Lee, and Byung Chul Son, published in the National Library of Medicine, “When work and personal life are poorly balanced the consequences include decreased job satisfaction, poor psychosocial well-being, and a lower quality of life. Failure to achieve the required balance impairs mental health and triggers burnout, depression, and family conflict.”

We all know that hard work is necessary for success. But pushing yourself too far can put you in a deep, dark hole. The last thing you want to do is sacrifice your health, relationships, and overall well-being!


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