A few people have asked me how I can be so productive. I have one big secret. It’s simple. No TV.

Okay, I watch some Netflix from time to time, but in general, I watch very little TV. Instead, I use my time to write, make music, and produce stuff. This is how I think about it:

  1. I’m not meant to be a consumer. Think about the word consume. It means to eat, buy or use up. When we spend passive hours in front of TV screens we are consumers. We are being consumed. Marshall McLuhan said, “We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” When we spend time consuming hours of media we are consumed.
  2. I am meant to be a producer. We’re losing our ability to produce. Our modern era with all its mindless entertainment has made us lazy. In the past, humans have made things. The farmer, the carpenter, the quilt maker and the musician all create. When I turn off my TV screen, I reset my creativity.

That’s my big secret. I’ve exchanged my 2-4 hours a day of TV for 2-4 hours of creative time. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.