Be A Producer Not A Consumer

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Day 17 of the 100 blog posts in 100 days challange

One pearl of wisdom I hear quoted quite a lot is: "Be a producer not a consumer".

I think the idea is: if you make the effort to produce things you are being of more value to society, and the time you spend producing you can't be consuming, which is better for you. And so this should bring you more success.

A coloured line drawing of a blogger sat at a computer

Starting this blog has certainly turned me into more of a producer. What I am producing might be questionable, admittedly, but there is a time commitment, and I am trying to find that time by cutting back on more wasteful activities.

And I think the advice is often quoted with direct reference to activity on the web. Producing is more likely to achieve benefits than just consuming stuff.

Time-sheet of a web site designer

What kept me awake today:

10 hours 36 minutes Using the wonderful Bash shell for scripting with sed and awk to manipulate data, ah the power of linux
1 hour 46 minutes Graphics work and blogging
30 minutes Researching Twitter's API
7 minutes Email
5 minutes Hootsuite and it's friends

Total: 13 hours 1 minute

Unix/Linux is just brilliant! What can I say, how it works makes sense, everything is there in a file if you want to find out about it.

Exercise: zilch

Tomorrow: Start wrapping up my latest project and start thinking about the next. And go through that big pile of stuff in my inbox that I've been meaning to do for the last 5 days!

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Mike Nuttall

Author: Mike Nuttall

Mike has been web designing, programming and building web applications in Leeds for many years. He founded Onsitenow in 2009 and has been helping clients turn business ideas into on-line reality ever since. Mike can be followed on Twitter and has a profile on Google+.

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