How much of your day is spent consuming vs. creating?

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  1. earllogjam

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    How much of the leisure time you spend everyday involves passively taking in the world as opposed to actively creating or doing something?

    Passive consumer or active maker?

    Couch Potato vs. Coaching Soccer?

    Web Surfer vs. Web Blogger?

    Shopping vs. Cleaning?

    Going to the symphony vs. playing an instrument?

    Watcher vs. doer?
     
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    95% consuming, 5% creating :redface:
     
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    I don't know, I work full time in the entertainment industry, part time in the legal field, and do some volunteer work. I maintain two residences and have for the most part a long distance relationship with my partner and I'm taking care of elderly relatives. I don't really have all that much down time except here.
     
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    100% consuming. If your gotta do something do it right.
     
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    Realistically, I'm about at 50/50, with an advantage going more to creation than consumption. I write creatively, post here and work 5-7 nights per week (back on a 7-night schedule until I can find a new sub and train him properly).

    Other times in my life, the creative percentage was much, much higher than it is now.
     
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    Trying to keep a business afloat that I founded with a colleague a few years ago. Since we are still struggling, I am still a primary contributor to the software development. So I would say way over 50% creating.

    But I do my share of consuming as well.
     
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    Hmm.....I like this question. It really made me think about what I spend my time doing. And while I might have a high post count, I actually do spend a lot of time doing & creating. I think I probably have a 70/30 split with the high side on creating, contributing.
     
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    I consume, then 5 hours later I create. :biggrin1:
     
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    This question was the one question I used to weed out potential life partners.

    I think the creators have more vital meaningful interesting lives.
     
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    My work involves consuming huge quantities of processed raw materials and turning them into beautiful, expensive objects of my own design. So I guess it's both. My leisure time is probably 25% creative, 75% consuming.

    Is it possible to be creative without consuming something? There always need to be some inputs, be it a raw material or time or mental energy.
     
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    By consuming I meant passively taking in things and not spending any energy assimilating, processing or creating something.

    Gathering a piece of wood to make a sculpture in this thread is not consuming but rather an active part of creating. Gathering data and information to write a book or plan is an active part of creating too. Expending mental energy studying or figuring out how to make something is part of the creative process also.

    So your ratio would be higher on the creating side, Vince.

    Watching TV aimlessly, shopping, or going to the opera, however, is consuming.
     
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    Almost all of the TV I watch is factual, documentaries etc. It's not mindless or aimless, but I'm not sure it could be classed as anything other than consuming.

    Playing instruments, being creative in the kitchen and writing code are my main creative outlets - I suppose it's probably 30/70 creative to consuming.
     
  13. D_Sam Rockswell

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    About 70/30, thought i rarely have the balls to show anyone. Well i mean i do have balls but i wouldn't show'm cause ah rah...buy me dinner first. :p
     
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