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Before relaunching my blog, I felt like I needed some mental breathing space.
So I took a break from blogging, snapchat, Instagram and twitter for a few weeks. And it was one of the best choices I’d made in a long time.
If you're focused on transforming your dreams into reality, taking some sort of break is essential.
It’s also easier said than done. Apparently we’re living in some sort of advanced ‘information age’; because we have so much content at our fingertips. So taking a break feels strange, no-one wants to miss out or get left behind.
But a wise person once said 'quality over quantity'.
The Internet is set up by producers who cater to mass consumers. That’s nothing new, that’s how the world works as George Monbiot highlights in his slightly cynical but true article below:
In summary, life is an ecosystem. For it to work properly we all need to produce and consume at some point. I’m not saying social media is evil or we should all boycott celebrities, but it’s worth asking yourself:
Where on the producer-consumer scale do I sit, and am I happy with that?
- “Consumers are passive about their ability to grow, reactive about life and unquestioning of their environment. They take life as it is, conforming to the standards set for them by society (or producers).”
- “Producers usually live outside their comfort zones by constantly looking at how to improve the word around them. S/he goes above and beyond to create value for others (and for themselves). And in the process she creates a legacy for herself which lives on even when they are gone.”
We are all made to create something of value, but in this world of ultimate distractions, it’s easier to leave the doing to someone else. Building up your producer mentality isn’t always easy, and most times it requires a bit of effort and maybe even taking a bit of a break.
Doing this freed up my capacity to work on stuff that really matters, not just talk about working or watch other people doing cool things.
While you may not choose to completely unplug, why not shake up what your daily routine looks like?
At work we always say ‘perception is reality’ and our reality is shaped by what you see, hear and read.
So take control of it, filter it and watch your life change for the better.
P.S. some further reading on this topic: "Technology is shaping your spiritual life, here's how"