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Subjugating Productivity Guilt

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The unhealthy attitude of productivity guilt ensues from society’s conviction that a person must work hard at all times while overlooking one’s health and needs. Read on to know more. 

Productivity guilt is a mindset that encourages us to believe in the idea that relaxing is not an option and we must always be on our grind. This guilt surmounts as fear of failure pervades our minds. This fear constantly drives us to create, work hard and achieve something in order to be successful while depriving us of the ability to rest. This, however, comes at the cost of giving up on our hobbies and pushing ourselves beyond our limits, which is not always ideal.

Every capitalist society glorifies productivity in the sense that leisure time is looked down upon, and waking up any later than 5 AM is forbidden. You may be efficient in every task that you accomplish, but giving yourself enough credit for that accomplishment is not an option. Most people are in pursuit of success, but many of them go down the road taken by everyone else.  They also believe that success only comes to those who are busy to the extent that they have a line of tasks piled up.

Sitting down and devising a plan of action is much better than suffocating yourself with work with the hope it will someday pay off. Aditya Goyal, a student of Aryabhatta College said: “It is okay to not run around frantically all the time just to be busy. Formulating a schedule can help when we feel overwhelmed by this crazy competition that exists in our society, but the important thing is to not stop.”

Productivity guilt can be reduced if we indulge in introspection and reward ourselves for the little tasks we complete. A self-pat on the back is often necessary as we lose ourselves in this ambiguous race to the top.

Feature image credits- Productivity Land

Suhani Malhotra

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