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How to Stop Pressuring Yourself to Be Productive

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We've partnered with Pure Leaf to reveal why you should say no to the pressure to be constantly productive and instead embrace downtime.

When IRL plans get cancelled, it's tempting to fill up your schedule with goals to accomplish — especially for Type A overachievers. If you're used to being busy, extra downtime can feel frivolous.

Still, every minute of your day doesn't have to be productive. Resist the temptation to set lofty goals for your newfound free time — think starting a side hustle or learning a new language — and instead embrace the break in your schedule. Follow these four steps to say no to the urge to be productive 24/7 and actually relax.