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Living To Work vs Working To Live: How I Overcame Productivity Anxiety

“I’m just finding that I’m worrying about time, probably disproportionately…I think it might actually be an anxiety that I have, especially as an entrepreneur. There’s, like, a fear of running out of time and recently I’ve found myself sometimes even avoiding tasks if I don’t feel like I’m going to meet the deadline.

I find that a lot of times when I’m doing things socially, I’m calculating the time in the sense of how much time it’s going to take away from work and how much I’m then going to have to catch up on…”

These are the words that I sent by voicenote to my friend, Amanda Bakare, as I sat waiting for another group of friends in Westfield’s Busaba earlier this year. The first to arrive, I didn’t feel the usual excitement that I typically felt at the prospect of good food and company. Instead, I felt agitated and guilty for being out when I hadn’t completed my ever-increasing “things to do list”.