Creator or Spectator
Posted by Mike Foster
Because there's blogs to write. Instagram to look at. And media fighting for our attention. I decided to make a strategic change in how I spend my time. I made a simple contract with myself that changed my life. One, after making it, that I think we all could sign up for. To spend less time watching and more time learning.
Watching activities would include:
- Watching the news.
- Perusing Facebook or Twitter.
- Checking out funny videos on Youtube.
- Mindless web surfing with no real point to it.
Learning activities would include: - Reading a book and taking notes. - Listening to podcasts on unfamiliar topics. - Going to bed early so my brain is refreshed in the morning. - Dropping interesting articles into an Evernote file.
This basic change helps stimulate new ideas. It turns mindless activities into intentional thinking. It moves passive to participation.
Try it out. Be a creator, not a spectator. You might find it as beneficial as I have.
Mike Foster is the founder of People of the Second Chance and the author of Freeway: A Not So Perfect Guide To Freedom. He lives in San Diego with his family and fluffy dog.