Day 3369 – Controlling Your Environment And Watching What You Consume

Today, I just finished up An Audience of One: Reclaiming Creativity for Its Own Sake by Srinivas Rao. I absolutely loved this book and it has helped me think differently about my work and a number of other things. Today specifically, there was a section about your consumption, from what you read, and watch, and see on Facebook.

For the most part, our consumption habits, the way in which we take in information, are incredibly reactive… Everything plants a potential seed for something we might create.” Srinivas Rao

I realized that I’ve been WAY too tied to my phone and social media sources recently. My first waking task has been checking in to a number of games to get daily rewards, checking my Facebook on this day (and any notifications that came in since I last checked), all before even getting out of bed. All these things were also my go to when I was bored.

I tried out one of his suggestions by turning my phone monochrome, which I have to say, is a BIG help, but I kept finding reasons to turn it off. Today, I took some drastic measures. I deleted every single game, even ones that I thought “make me use my brain.” I deleted messenger and blocked Facebook on my phone. I deleted the app a few weeks back, but I was still checking Facebook dozens of times per day.

In the few hours since I made that change, I actually started reading a book on Kindle I’ve put off for a while, and have felt a little better creatively.

We have to be ruthless about what we consume. We have to be aware that things we consume can help build us up or tear us down.

What are you consuming too much of….or not enough? Let me know in the comments below.

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Day 3323 – A Painful Reminder Of The Importance Of Watching What You Consume

This week I’ve had a painful reminder of the importance of being very careful about your consumption habits. For our trip to MA, I purchased a 12 pack of a generic soda. I’ve had this soda before and I’ve had soda on road trips before. But for some reason on this trip, my stomach was NOT a fan. It took me a few days to definitely pinpoint the soda as the tummy upsetter because we ate SO much food from so many different places. In a lot of ways, I’m so thankful for this reminder. The practical takeaway is to not drink that much soda. I typically might have 1-2 sodas and/or energy drinks a week. On the trip, I had 1-2+ per day. I really need to remind myself to NOT take sodas on a road trip. I might test out iced tea on the next trip. I’d still get a bit of caffeine and it would be somewhere healthier.

As I was thinking through this, I realized that while this was an obviously physical reminder of how what you consume impacts you, it was also a reminder that what I see, read, and hear impacts me as well. If I spend my time around others who talk poorly about marriage, or watch movies where marriage is disrespected, or even making cheating ok, it has an impact on my marriage. I will treat my husband with less respect and potentially entertain thoughts of cheating. Knowing this, I am very vigilant about what I consume about marriage.

If I’m spending my days watching videos that are positive reminders to business owners, encouraging me to keep working, and showing me examples of others who HAVE done it before me, I am much more energized in my work.

So even though it hasn’t been a fun few days with an upset tummy, it’s been a great reminder of how one little thing can have a huge impact on my entire life.

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