Consumers take in and producers put out.
It’s a circular relationship. Without consumers, what need for producers would there be? Without production, life and work would fall to a standstill.
But here’s the thing: Some types of consumption are better than others.
The best consumption is the kind that helps you become a better producer. When you can better meet the consumption needs of others, you can better meet both the consumption and production needs of yourself. I like to think of this as a form of “productive consumption.”
Forms of productive consumption I like include the following:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Sleeping 8 hours a day
- Practicing your skillset (mastering your craft).
Conversely, these things can also send you into a negative feedback loop if you overdo them. Moderation is king. Afterall, you won’t be of much use to anybody if you oversleep and do nothing but read books all day. This is why things like rest days and taking time to “sharpen the saw” are so important; they help you establish a baseline of balance and self-awareness.
When in question, always err on the side of production. But don’t neglect your consumption needs. There’s a fine line that exists somewhere between preparation, reading, learning, and that of taking massive action. It’s up to you to find out where that line is and use it to your advantage.