I stumbled across this gem on
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
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.