In a June 11th workshop Toxic Productivity and the Creative Cycle, hosted by Marina Martinez-Bateman, participants deconstructed the toxic habit many of us have of associating our worth with our ability to produce. Especially in this uncertain and stressful time, we feel external pressure to make work that will help others contextualize a situation we ourselves may not yet have a handle on. Add to that isolation combined with a constant social media feed of friends and colleagues to unfairly compare ourselves to, and this is a recipe for despair. Workshop attendees talked about where toxic productivity comes from, how to identify it, and practices some exercises that helped them develop other coping strategies.
See Marina’s workshop slides with more info and activities here.