Create More, Consume Less
We live in a world where there is so much content available at our fingertips. We can easily scroll through Instagram, watch YouTube videos, read articles posted on Facebook, Twitter, Medium, etc. We can easily overwhelm ourselves with all this content that we feel we must consume so as to stay in the loop. We always need to know what’s trending, what videos everyone else is watching, or what photos we’re all reacting to.
Most people go through life surrounded by all of this longing and the chance to create at some point. As human beings, it is natural for us to want to build something, express ourselves in some form, do something that has a tangible outcome, but most of us stop before we even start.
How can we tilt the balance and move from endlessly consuming to actually creating our own content?
- Understand how you spend your time– what are you actually doing throughout the day? If we reflect on how we spend the time each day we will find that there is quite a bit of empty space. Time spent scrolling through social media, refreshing Instagram, watching and re-watching YouTube videos. This is valuable time that could be used for the work of creation and self-discovery.
- Find your space– Just because everyone you watch and follow is a beauty guru doesn’t mean that you also have to become a beauty guru. Maybe you hate the idea of sit down videos but want to develop your writing skills. Create short films. Get into photography, create digital art, start your own blog. You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing unless you want to. And if you feel you fit perfectly into an already existing niche, go ahead and start pushing your own content.
- Just start– Whatever you’re creating does not have to be perfect from the start. Everyone grows in their art and gets better at it over time. Sometimes we spend so much time in the planning phase because it feels safe. “I’m planning which means I intend to do it at some point but as long as I continue planning, I don’t have to do anything right now.” This kind of thinking will make you stagnant. Dive head first and explore your creativity. Getting something done is better than stopping before you start. And once you get that first thing done, you’ll be more motivated to keep going, and things will get easier and you will get better.
Although YOLO is outdated and very annoying, I can’t deny that it’s true. We do only live once so it is important to find a better balance between creating and consuming instead of spending endless hours each day scrolling through everyone else’s content while wishing you “had the time” to create your own. Once you prioritize expressing yourself and creating your own work over looking at the work of others, even our “wasted time” becomes productive since you’ll be looking for inspiration as opposed to just looking to kill time.