1. What will I consume today?
2. What will I produce today?
These are the two questions I ask myself at the start of each day.
If you read this blog regularly then you’ll know that I’m a life-long learner dedicated to helping others become better at learning, and I have a few things I want to share about the learning process:
Learning anything involves two activities: consumption and production.
Most people understand the concept. However, for most people it stops there; consumption with no production. Consuming information without production is like listening for your whole life and never speaking. A more extreme example would be eating and never excreting.
It’s extremely easy to consume information today with the internet because it’s so readily available and flies at us from every direction. However, there’s more as to why people stop at consumption, and that’s simply because consuming information is the easiest part of the learning process. Production is where the real work starts.
Another example would be the fact that people are often able to understand a language they’re learning far better than they can speak it. While there are other factors involved, often the reason for this is because more time has been spent consuming the language than there has been producing. This could be because of fear, lack of opportunities or possibly pure laziness. Whatever the reasons, it doesn’t change the fact that learning is an interconnected process and If you fail to consume or fail to produce then you’ll fail to learn anything entirely.
By asking yourself the questions: What will I consume today? and What will I produce today? you set a roadmap for the day to learn holistically, and at the end of the day you can reflect on how well you accomplished your goals.
Let me know in the comments: What will you consume today? What will you produce?