If you recognize signs of “toxic productivity” in yourself, you’re not alone. According to UCLA professor Cassie Holmes, almost 50% of Americans experience a sense of “time poverty,” which leads to a relentless, all-encompassing desire to get more done. During an appearance on “The Goop Podcast,” Holmes described time poverty as the perpetuating idea that “if only I do more, then I will succeed.”

According to Holmes, too much productivity “leads to burnout and depletion, and a sense of exhaustion.” The UCLA professor explained that feeling time-poor “makes us less healthy, so less likely to exercise. It makes us less nice or less likely to help others out. It makes us less confident, and our work shows it makes us less happy.” Yikes. As it turns out, being too productive may actually have the exact opposite effect of what you intended.

There are several ways to tell if you are truly happy. And, in her own book, “Happier Hour,” Holmes discusses the benefits of moving away from constant work and moving towards solely focusing on tasks that are “worthwhile.” Before jumping into your next to-do item of the day, Dr. Swody, an expert who spoke with SELF, recommends questioning what your motivations are. “If ‘should’ creeps into how you think about an achievement … that’s likely a sign external expectations are influencing you,” Swody revealed. Thankfully, “Realizing that is an important first step in prioritizing what actually matters to you.” 

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