Hello, and welcome. It is a hope you are here after reading my Instagram post and have decided to come to my home on the web. This little piece I am about to do now is to explain to you, dear reader and follower, as to why I had to back off from IG for a while.
It has to do with what is going on now.
The world rotates are phenomena. Each time a new phenomenon comes out, the world seems to stop so everyone can appreciate it. Recently, it was content. Actually, the overabundance and consumption of content – binging Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu and YouTube (don’t get me started on Youtube).
There is so much content. So much to absorb, take in and analyze.
Here, dear reader, is the rub – I became too enamoured in OTHER content at the expense of my own.
That is bad enough. However, what has really caught me and subsumed me like an amoeba and phagocytosis (look it up) is self-help.
I find myself watching self-help videos imagining that by doing so I make up for my lack of productivity as the video is productive. It is like turning off a light to see.
Case in point. Check this out. He is making a valid point. I, you, WE often are taking all of our time consuming content, devouring self-help and listening to podcasts about being productive, using time wisely and doing great things, and yet, we do nothing. Let’s bury ourselves into learning about self-help and being productive by watching people tell us how to do it. Like what the hippies said about the Vietnam War, “Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity.”
The old adage – garbage in/garbage out. I am not filling my mind with garbage and nonsense. I am not idly sitting on the couch Netflixing for hours at a stretch. I am actively nourishing my mind with practical, smart and valuable information to make myself a better person all around.
I am either failing to keep it internalized like it should be, or I am so entranced and drawn in that I cannot function. It is like I am the event horizon, and the self-help phenomenon is the singularity.
Example: I will be in The Zone, cranking like I should be doing until I need a break for a few minutes. I fire up YouTube for RSDTyler or JulienHimself (highly recommend both) for what should be a small break of about 15 minutes.
And it is a small break of 15 minutes of watching the video. And 15 minutes of looking up their books on Amazon. And 15 minutes of reading the books. And 15 minutes of watching more videos. And 15 minutes of reading books. I could go on for about 15 minutes on this.
It is like one beer coming in 12 glasses sort of thing. I cannot stop.
The most egregious of them all is the “life coach.” There is nothing fundamentally wrong with being a life coach, but here is what they are in simple terms:
Give me lots of money, and I will tell you not to screw things up.
I can do this for free. Here is what you do:
Turn off the phone. DND (Do not disturb) – ON.
Do. Your. Work.
I have a blog on this topic of life coaches somewhere in the recesses of my brain between the tapioca pudding and pink rhinos. Here is the biggest problem with these “coaches.”
Most are between 20-30 years old.
They are BABIES in the world. They know NOTHING of the world. Then again, I know people in their 60’s who know nothing of the world.
So, what is my point exactly? Well, I am not trying to be a cynical bastard. I have been sucked into this vortex of self-help perpetuation through documentaries, YouTube, books, seminars, life coaches, and I have hit rock bottom with it all. Oh yeah, throw social media in there as well.
I have found my breaking point.
I have trained my social media to find only Self-Help content on IG rather than the endless parade of half-naked girls desperately trying to break into the “influencer” sphere by showing off their assess and boobs.
Don’t get me wrong – I love women and the female form. I loved it so much I was on IG for hours at a time scrolling through countless girls in what amounts to soft porn. Now, I am caught up in self-help content. Same exact situation of endless scrolling and looking.
I AM CONCERNED MORE WITH OTHERS THAN MYSELF, AND THAT IS A PROBLEM.
So, I have to fix it.
I am stepping away from social media for a while, three months, so I can get Gypsee online. This includes blocking YouTube unless it is for research.
I will allow myself some brain candy from Netflix here and there for some downtime. However, the phone and computer is for work not play.
This includes drastic measures – deleting apps, blocking tools on the Mac for anything that is not productive and geared to Gypsee.
I know I am not the only one. If you are in this same death spiral, join me. Perhaps we can share ideas on how to stay productive.