It’s been a strange past three weeks – I have been intensely busy with my new work. It is not detrimentally stressful nor painful for my soul to do, which was how I felt with my first few months of teaching.
Instead, my Google Calendar (which I’ve never really relied upon before) has been chock full of phone calls.
As suggested by a coworker, I have now begun blocking off 4-5 hours of a time per day and labeled it as “Sanity”. No phone calls, no interviews, no meetings allowed. Phew.
I wanted to create a separate blogpost to highlight something I read as part of Sean Wes‘ newsletter on Handlettering. The email was titled “Has Your Hand Lettering Spark Fizzled Out? Here’s 5 Ways to Stay Motivated & Driven”.
Number 3 was a screenshot of the words: “Create More Than You Consume.”
When I read it, I was in momentary denial that I consume much more than I create. I mean, I’m not a huge shopper! But after a moment’s reflection I realized the consumerism in my life was subtle.
I love to learn. I really do. I could devour books, read blog posts with informative tutorials and tips, watch tutorials on Codecademy/Team Treehouse, go to lectures, peruse Etsy, and listen to podcasts on end. I am an image and information sponge. But the truth is, when it comes to my dreams of wanting to do X, Y, and Z after being inspired by all the things listed above, I halt at creation. Instead, I fall back into the “consuming” information cycle.
Why do I do this? Well, because it’s easy.
Creation takes more than inspiration. It requires planning, diligence, development of skills, setting goals with tangible steps, and most importantly, follow through.
Action Item? To hold myself accountable – every 5 things I peruse, I must create.
Whether it be drafting an idea, adding to an art project, designing my webpage, writing a blog post, sketching, painting, creating something after being inspired, etc… creating must > consuming.
How do you feel about this concept? Do you think you consume or create more? How do you find the balance? Let me know!