A Brief Intro to Create / ConsumeThe concept of Create / Consume is simple:for an entire month (or longer), spend moretime creating than consuming. As far asrules go, that’s it.What you define as creating and consumingis up to you. How you track your time is upto you. The rewards for completing thechallenge, also up to you.
A Brief Intro to Create / ConsumeThe idea came from a friend of mine,Matt Shafeek. You can find out more at:createslashconsume.blogspot.co m
A Brief Intro to Create / ConsumeI started tracking my results (that’s me )in July 2012. What follows isan analysis of my trackingover the last 6 months of2012, complete with charts,graphs, insights, andprobably a little weirdness.
My Create / Consume RulesAs mentioned, you can define the ruleshowever you want. I defined 4 types ofactivities I would track:1. Create—time spent creating content2. Consume—time spent consuming content3. Gray—time spent on activities that don’t fit either create or consume4. Sleep—time spent sleeping
CreateMy Creation activities include:• Coaching – 1on1 sessions for clients• Exercising – working out, playing sports, running• Marketing – activities related to increasing awareness• Meetings – discussing business or creating with others• Performing – improv, stand-up, storytelling• Planning – strategic sessions for business• Practicing – improv, stand-up, storytelling• Researching – necessary / relevant info for writing• Speaking – speaking or training on topics• Writing – for any of my websites or guest posts
ConsumeMy Consumption activities include:• Browsing – the Internet• Hitting snooze – not waking up when I should• Playing – video games, board games, etc• Reading – newspapers, books, magazines (for pleasure, not research)• Watching – TV, Movies, Sports
GrayMy Gray activities are ones that don’t fit nicely into creationor consumption, but I still spend time on them, such as:• Emailing – reading, writing, organizing• Errands – going to the bank, getting groceries, etc• Networking – with new people or old acquaintances• Showering – getting ready for the day• Reconnecting – with friends
SleepMy sleep activities are, well, sleeping (or napping). Note: This is not me.
A Few Notes on the Data• All tracking is based on my own entries. Some of it is specifically timed, some of it is entered at the end of the day.• For June-August-September (JAS), I made entries into an Excel sheet. For October-November-December (OND), I used the website toggl.• I did not track every single minute of every single day.
A Few Notes on the Data• I improved my tracking methods, and what data I tracked, as I went.• In my first month of tracking (July), I had 124 entries totaling 155 hours, meaning I tracked 21% of my total time that month.• By comparison, in December, I hit 412 entries totaling 665 hours, tracking 89% of my total time for the month.
Create / Consume TotalsHere are the results for all activity typesfrom the OND*.*October was the first month I started tracking sleep, so OND is usedhere to get an accurate analysis of all 4 types of activities. The amountof time shown represents 86% of the total time that quarter.
Totals Analysis• Insights – Sleep was the biggest type of activity at 37% of my tracked time. That’s 714 hours over 92 days, or an average of 7.7 hours per night. – The next biggest type was Creation at 28% with 538 total hours or 5.8 hours per day. **Adjusting for only 61 traditional work days it was an average of 8.8 hours per day. – Next came the Gray activities at 21%, 394 hours or 4.2 hours per day. – And finally Consumption at 14%, 263 hours or 2.9 hours per day.• Action – Increase amount of time creating slightly. Ensure it’s on the right things. – Decrease amount of time sleeping slightly (goal is 7.5 hours per night).
Create versus ConsumeHere are the results of create versusconsume for all six months (July to Dec)*.*Exercise was added to Create in September. Snooze was added toConsume in October. This data represents 30% of total time.
CreateI spent 973 hours creating in the followingcategories:
Create Analysis• Insights – I spent 417 hours on Humor That Works. That’s 2.3 hours per day. – Comedy (including ComedySportz) took up 317 hours, or 1.7 hours per day. That includes 50 improv performances and 10 stand-up shows. – In 6 months, I only spent 45 minutes on Slash Entrepreneur. – I exercised, on average, every other day for around 30 minutes.• Actions – Spend more time on marketing, meeting, and networking for Humor That Works. – Post more consistently to Slash Entrepreneur. – Exercise more frequently.
ConsumeI spent 416 hours consuming the following:
Consume Analysis• Insights – I spent a lot of time browsing the Internet, an average of 1.5 times per day, in 45 minute increments. – I hit snooze once every 6 days (32 out of 184 days), wasting 27 hours of my life. – I barely spent any time reading books for pleasure (2 hours in 6 months).• Actions – STOP HITTING SNOOZE – Spend more time reading for pleasure.
Gray Analysis• Insights – I spent 140 hours on email, working on it 177 times for about 45 minutes at a time. – I reconnected with people 136 times for an average of 80 minutes per. – I went on 32 dates (not all with different people) for an average of 2 hours each.• Actions – I’ve felt like I spent too much time on email, but 45 minutes per day isn’t that bad. – I enjoy meeting and reconnecting with people and want to keep that up.
FrequencyBelow is the number of times I started an activity based ontime of day.*Sleep wasn’t added until October.
Frequency Analysis• Insights – I usually go to sleep between 12am and 4pm. – I’m most productive between 10am and 8pm. – I consume the most between 10pm and 2am.• Actions – Embrace my ―non-morning-person‖ and try to start my day at 10am. – Try to follow a rough schedule of: • Sleep 2am to 10am. • Create 10am to 10pm. • Consume 10pm to 2am. • Various Gray in between.
For More• Humor That Works – www.humorthatworks.com• Create / Consume – createslashconsume.blogspot.com• Toggl – www.toggl.com• Contact – firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @humorthatworks
Or pick up my book*… *That I spent 176 hours on from July to December 2012.