We live in the “golden age” of content:
My mom’s TV gets more than 1,000 channels. My twitter feed scrolls by as if powered by a maniacal, tireless hamster on a never-ending wheel. Every minute, over 2.4 million Instagram posts are liked, almost 7 million Snapchat videos are viewed, and 3.5 million text messages are sent in the United States.
And that doesn’t even mention the thousands of hours of podcasts that are published every day.
Why did I have golden age in quotations up there? Well, as I’m sure we’ve all experienced, all of this content can overwhelm. For example, I currently have 43 podcast episodes downloaded that I’ve yet to listen to. I have 64 tabs open on my phone’s browser with interesting articles I’ve been meaning to read. Etcetera, etc.
To cut to the chase, I’m doing something about it. Instead of constantly consuming content, and feeling the anxiety of having so much content left unconsumed, I’m going to start to increase my level of output to try to balance my level of intake.
I’m calling it 500 in 28. For the next 28 days, I’m going to write approximately 500 words per day. And I’m going to give myself 28 minutes each day to do it. I think that this little project will serve a few purposes:
- Allow me to apply some creativity and productive energy into something of my own, rather than constantly reading and consuming other people’s work.
- Establish a space for me to discuss some of the interesting articles and podcasts that I do consume (because, of course, I’ll keep consuming – it’s the golden age, after all!).
- And, perhaps most importantly, it will force me to practice slaying the dragon of perfectionism that is consistently my enemy when it comes to creating anything at all, and commit to establishing a habit of work and following through with it on a regular, daily basis.
So, I’m embarking on this little campaign, and I hope that you’ll read along with me! And I’d love it if you commented, or even wrote your own piece in response to something I write!
Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you enjoy the next 28 days.