What have you done today? How many hours have you wasted looking at your phone? What have you achieved today that will help you become a better person? Do you have the drive and willpower to achieve your goals in life? What’s stopping you from becoming the best version of yourself?

Under capitalism, profit is prioritised over the health and wellbeing of individuals. Access to goods and services is dependent on how productive you are. Post-financial crash, hustle culture has become embedded in the minds of young people who are living in a much more precarious time than their parents. The only way to get ahead in life is to optimise yourself and become the best possible version of you.

The Cult of Productivity is a speculative self-help service that promises to maximise your life and achieve ultimate efficiency. The project is a critique of productivity and self-optimisation under late-capitalism. Using the tools of capitalism (advertising, marketing), The Cult of Productivity aims to educate people on the toxicity of the self-help industry and negative effects of neoliberal ideology.

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