Create More Than You Consume

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.”

Hmm.

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!

Three Things

Well today I am starting my new job and insanely nervous, which I’m sure many of you have felt on your first day! It’s already surreal for me to be lounging on my job pre-work, mainly due to the fact that I am used to sprinting from the house at 6:30 AM to try to get to school on time whilst grabbing a coffee.

I had a lovely chat with a good friend, T, last Friday about productivity and how I always seem to overload myself with everything I want to do. And then of course, finding myself not being able to do it. I’ve tried multiple ways of making sure I get everything I want to done, like creating one giant list on Wunderlist that I cycle through, or several lists that I make sure I follow one task each. Either way, it wasn’t working out.

She advised me on something simple: choose three things to commit to every day.

Now, I did a little doodle on this, but my scanner is AWOL so I’ll just have to write it out. I thought to myself what 3 things I want to work on daily (later it will be monthly and yearly as well).

1. Space-Thyme:

By this I mean my blog, my dream Etsy shop, and pushing myself to learn how to illustrate, design (I am by no means a natural artist, I developed this passion recently), screenprinting and letterpress.

2. Coding:

I think in this day and age, skills > degrees in many cases. I’ve always wanted to design websites and maybe even generate platforms. Either way, this is something I keep picking up and dropping (I even took a 12 week workshop series earlier this year), so I really need to push through with it so it’s something I can confidently utilize.

3. Physical Health:

I’ve dropped the ball on this one ever since I stopped competitively swimming, and more recently, being a yoga fanatic. I was even teaching yoga as a part-time job at one point! Now that I am not deliriously drowning in the world of teaching, I want to refocus on my physical health for the long term and see how to incorporate it around this new 9 – 6 job (wow, I’m such an adult).

What three things are you committing to/do you want to commit to daily? Have you found other ways of hitting up everything you want to learn/do on a regular basis? Let us know!