How to Stay Productive with the Time You Have

How to Stay Productive with the Time You Have
July 27, 2016 Daniel Palacios
consume wisely

Are you the type of person that fills their day watching whatever’s on TV? Or doing what’s on other people’s agendas? Maybe you’re unhappy with the amount of progress you’ve made towards your goals?

It’s easy to fall into consumption mode when you’ve had a long day. The last thing you want to do is think.

I’m guilty of spending more time than I’d like scrolling through social media feeds or refreshing my notifications due to FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

Create more, consume less

If you want to separate yourself from the pack, you’re going to have to start consuming less. It’s one of the best things you could do if you’re trying to reach a particular goal. The problem is it’s not that easy, especially in today’s world where everything is trying to steal our attention.

We’d probably see a lot of amazing things being shared more frequently if creating great content was so easy. But that’s not the case. Some of us are happy with just being consumers. We all have a choice to be consumers or producers, but it doesn’t have to be so black and white.

So what are some things you can do to stay productive with the time you have while still enjoying your guilty pleasures?

Don’t Make Excuses

The classic excuse, “I don’t have time,” is a favorite of mine, which I’ve used plenty of times before.

If you want to maximize your potential, then you to need to stop with the excuses. The reality is no one has time. We make time. Yes, I enjoy watching Game of Thrones every Sunday when it’s in season, but it’s not the end of the world if I don’t watch it when it airs. I can always watch it later. Coming to the realization that nothing bad is going to happen if you miss a few episodes of your favorite show—or whatever it is that you can’t let go of—will allow you to make the progress you desire.

Making excuses only sets you further away from your goals.

Take Action

Rather than filling up your time with hours of TV or staring at other peoples’ work online, you should schedule time to take action towards your goals. This is actually something I started doing last year. I briefly went over what my typical day looks like and how I’m able to balance my passion for lettering with a day job.

Remember, actions will always speak louder than words.

Limit Inspiration

With so many beautiful pieces of art all over the internet, it’s difficult to look away. I sometimes catch myself scrolling mindlessly. I believe inspiration can be found everywhere, but I also think there should be a limit to the amount of time we spend in front of a screen looking for it because in the end it’s time not creating. It’s still a form of consumption.

Consume Wisely

Consumption isn’t a bad thing as long as you get what you need out of whatever you’re consuming, such as taking an online course to learn the fundamentals of script lettering or listening to a podcast on marketing. There’s value in entertainment, but I just want you to think about how you’re spending your time and how much of it isn’t helping you reach your goals.

If you’re dissatisfied with where you’re at, maybe it’s time to make some changes. Don’t focus on the amount you’re creating as long as your output is consistent.

Focus on the fact that you’re one of the very few creators in the world.

I found this video by Gary Vaynerchuk so motivating and inspiring that I had to share it with you as it relates to this topic. Just to warn you, there’s some profanity.