Good content is dangerous

People who know me know this: I'm a very curious guy.

I love reading, getting myself informed, questioning stuff and trying to understand it. I think I've always been this way, but the last couple of years raised that instinct to a whole other level. Having gained a special interest in the way we educate ourselves and learn, while keeping track of my industry and the world in general, I'll admit I spend a good part of my free time reading books, news, blogs, watching videos, exploring new stuff which is not directly related to my daily reads (with the help of a little friend) and, of course, writing about what I learn right here.

This leads me to conclude that good content is actually pretty dangerous.

You can read that again.

Ok, now the explanation part. Having lots of good content available online can be dangerous because it guides you through a never ending magazine where there's no last page, regardless of the device you're using to access it. Good content is dangerous because it's a pretty addictive way to place yourself in a procrastination phase, where you read more, more and more and actually end up doing less, less and less.

I once read on Twitter that you should always produce more content than you consume. It changed me. For what it's worth, it was actually this single quote that triggered my journey to start thinking about creating this blog, where I now publish an idea a day to my great pleasure (and I hope yours too).

My best advice on this matter: stop focusing on consuming more content. Deconstruct your filters. Ensure you can keep track of what you want to keep track of in no more than 1-2 hours per day. Challenge why you need this content, because objectively you don't really need all that content. You just want it.

Why do you want it? That's the point, figure that out. I consume a certain type of content to inspire my work, my writing and all the random project ideas I get in between.

How about you?