Make sure to start every day as a producer, not a consumer.
When you get up, you may start with a good routine like showering and eating, but as soon as you find yourself with some free time you probably get that urge to check Twitter, open that game you were playing, see what you are missing on Facebook, etc.
Put all of this off until “later.” Start your first free moments of the day with thoughts of what you really want to do; those long-term things you are working on, or even the basic stuff you need to do today, like twitter, cooking, getting ready for exercise, etc.
The first thing I do in the morning is blog, getting into the habit of creating content is critical to creating a mindset of a producer.
You don’t have to blog, you can write your goals for the day, you can review your goals from the previous day. You can do anything that involves creating, producing and not consuming anything. Having a television in your bedroom is not a good habit. You go to sleep consuming television content. You wake up and start your day consuming.
The production of information is critical to a healthy information diet. It’s the thing that makes it so that your information consumption has purpose. I cannot think of more important advice to give anyone:
Start your day with a producer mindset, not a consumer mindset. If you begin your day checking the news, checking your email, and checking your notifications, you have launched yourself into a day of grazing a mindless consumption.
Starting your day as a producer means that your information consumption has meaning: the rest of the day means consuming information that is relevant to what it is that you are producing.
Waking up as a producer frames the rest of your habits. You are not mindlessly grazing on everyone’s facebook’s statuses. You are out getting what it is you need to get in order to produce.
Some tactical advice: wake up and start producing. Before you grab breakfast, before you head to the gym, before you head to your email, write 500 words about something. Doesn’t matter what. Just sit down, focus and write for that first hour that you are up. Create something new, it will change the rest of your day.
A producer mindset is an entrepreneurial mindset.