Production vs consumption

I feel acutely the battle within me between producing and consuming.

What I mean by this is that, and this is related to the battle between what I NEED to do and what I WANT to do, it’s often a struggle between choosing to do something creative or to sit back and absorb.

To write a blog, or a thoughtful email to a friend instead of vegging out in front of the TV and channel surf.

To pick up the phone and have an intelligent, caring conversation with someone instead of putting on my headphones and tuning out the world. (Related problem to this, even if I wanted to talk to someone, is there someone who’d want to talk instead of tuning out?)

This battle is not exclusive to this generation although I feel that it’s become more heated now.

In the past people also had a variety of entertainment to amuse themselves with.

20 years ago there were tons of videos you could borrow from the local video shop.

50 – 100 years ago there were tons of books you could borrow from the local library.

100+ years ago there were tons of operas and musicals you could go to.

Admittedly these activities were probably (as you go further back to the past) the purview of the upper classes. What our generation enjoys like no other is the democratisation of entertainment and distractions.

People have to chose between playing sports after work (where at least you were getting some exercise), going shopping, catching  a movie, a play, a musical, a concert, etc, etc.

Compounding the problem is the fact that people (unless they train themselves not to be) are inherently lazy.

To talk about how to overcome that trait (and Get Things Done) would probably fill several blog posts (if not books).

It’s not a journey I’m still on. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ll reach that nirvana (of being 100% disciplined) in this lifetime. But that I can do is chip away at it, one blog post at a time.

It may not provide the visceral high of immediate consumption but it will hopefully, when I look back in the future on my posts, provide a warm glow of contentment that would last longer.


OneNote to Rule Them All

I have to say that as I get older, I’m becoming more and more cynical. I think it’s partly due to the fact that being hopeful takes energy and being cynical takes no energy at all!

Plus I think this is one of the hardest phases in life, when you have young children. Unless you’re a young mum/dad this would mean that your body is no longer in its prime (defining prime as around 18-24). You’re probably still climbing the corporate ladder, ie unlikely you’re a CEO yet.

So I’m starting to lose that buzz with new products and software and new things in general. In a way that’s good ’cause hopefully that means I derive less pleasure from buying new things so I’ll a) save money from not buying new things and b) save time from not reading like a million reviews on said new product and dithering whether or not to purchase aforementioned new product.

Well I haven’t lost hope completely ’cause I’m getting excited about OneNote. The realist in me however is already tempering that excitement.

For example, OneNote’s table management isn’t as good as Word’s. Outlining is also not as good.

And wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a summary page at the beginning of each section that could summarise each note…. hmmm perhaps I can cut and paste link?

Anyways, I’ve decided NOT to get to excited, afterall it’s a piece of software and it’s not going to miraculously improve my life to the nth degree. I will however give it a “fair go” and if it doesn’t work it doesn’t work. But in the spirit of a “fair go” I’m not going to write it off until I’ve spent some time on it.

Wish me luck! 🙂