Start every day as a producer, not a consumer

I’m not a Reddit reader, but I loved this gem in answer to a question “What are the small lifestyle changes you’ve made that have had big impacts for you?”:

I make sure to start every day as a producer, not a consumer.

When you get up, you may start with a good routine like showering and eating, but as soon as you find yourself with some free time you probably get that urge to check Reddit, open that game you were playing, see what you’re missing on Facebook, etc.

Put all of this off until “later”. Start your first free moments of the day with thoughts of what you really want to do; those long-term things you’re working on, or even the basic stuff you need to do today, like cooking, getting ready for exercise, etc.

This keeps you from falling into the needy consumer mindset. That mindset where you find yourself endlessly surfing Reddit, Facebook, etc. trying to fill a void in yourself, trying to find out what you’re missing, but never feeling satisfied.

When you’ve started your day with doing awesome (not necessarily difficult) things for yourself, these distractions start to feel like a waste of time. You check Facebook just to make sure you’re not missing anything important directed at you, but scrolling down and reading random stuff in your feed feels like stepping out into the Disneyland parking lot to listen to what’s playing on the car radio - a complete waste of time compared to what you’re really doing today.

It sounds subtle, but these are the only days where I find myself getting anything done. I either start my day like this and feel normal and productive, or I look up and realize it’s early evening, I haven’t accomplished anything and I can’t bring myself to focus no matter how hard I want to.

Comments — 2

Mark Dunbavan on February 07 — 3:53 pm #

interesting bit of writing but do you think this is just a result of the fact that we breed a gadget obsessed culture and no one can relax or take time out from snooping on people on facebook or playing with their phones or just touching any gadget to make themselves feel busy.

GUNS UP! on February 18 — 12:17 am #

This is +1 advice. I agree whole heartedly. When you’re creating things or producing for your life instead of devouring your precious life’s hours doing bullshit, you’ll find yourself more successful, accomplished and fulfilled in no time

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