Within a few seconds of opening Instagram or Tiktok, we are most likely to be met with a video of someone who has their life together; they are showing you how early they’re waking up, the healthy breakfast they are making and the workouts they are doing. They’ll show you how productive their day is, how extensive their nighttime routine is, and all the steps to their self-care routine. Meanwhile if all you did was wake up that day in a good mood and you feel content with that, you will automatically feel as if you haven’t done enough.
Social Media is getting increasingly better at trying to convince you that hustle culture is the mindset you should be embodying at every moment of the day, as if doing the bare minimum to get through is unacceptable. It shows you that you should be productive all day, and if not then you aren’t maximizing your time and taking advantage of every second. The New York Times explains that this movement “is obsessed with striving, relentlessly positive, devoid of humor, and — once you notice it — impossible to escape”. As if navigating the real world wasn’t challenging enough as it is, we now have added virtual pressure to constantly have it together. It is as if there is now this sense of urgency to always be in work mode, to accomplish goals as quickly as we can, and to never shut off our brains. This can create a negative mindset because as explained here, “hustle culture breads an ongoing toxic environment where if you spend too much time on anything non-work-related, you feel guilty”. We are expected to live breathe and love work, and anything outside of that is considered a waste of time.
Would you say that you enjoy hustle culture, or are you are against it?
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