Advertising
Advertising

How To Become A Producer And Add Value To This World

How To Become A Producer And Add Value To This World

Most people are just consumers. They consume content online, they spend most of their time reading blogs, listening to podcasts, or watching YouTube videos.

There are fewer people who produce things, make things happen, and try to have an impact on this world. People who produce are happier than people who just consume because they have the feeling of achievement, accomplishment by adding value to this world.

Have you ever thought about producing and creating?

I used to be just a consumer, always reading blogs and watching Youtube videos about things I’m passionate about, like self-improvement, productivity, and marketing. I learned a lot of things that helped me be a better person. I’m always thankful for those people who are always producing and adding value to other peoples’ lives.

Then, I decided that I wanted to start producing and adding some value to this world since I’m always learning, implementing, and improving. I wanted to share my experience with the world and hoped it might help someone else.

Before I tell you how to become a producer, let me tell you why most people don’t produce in the first place. I think there are two main reasons:

Advertising

1. They think they are not good enough to produce.

No one is perfect. Everyone in this world started somewhere.

The hard truth is maybe your first few attempts will not be as good as you want them to be. You need accept that and try to get better — you will improve by practicing.

Here’s what Steve Jobs said about this:

“When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

2. They are scared of putting their work out there.

If you want to make an impact in this world, you need to get out of your comfort zone. That’s how we grow.

Advertising

How to become a producer

    If you’re not comfortable with putting your work out there, try to find mentors or friends that you trust. Get their feedback and help, then keep producing until you start feeling more comfortable with putting your work out there.

    Now, let’s talk about how you can become a producer.

    1. Choose a Topic

    The first step to becoming a producer is to choose a topic. This should be something you want to communicate to the world, something you’re passionate about. This will help you focus on where you want to have the most impact.

    If you are passionate about fitness, pick fitness as your topic. If you’re passionate about cooking, pick cooking as your topic. If you want to raise awareness about a cause, pick that cause as your topic.

    Action Item 1: Make a list of things that are important to you and pick one that will make the most impact.

    2. Choose Suitable Channels

    After you choose a topic, it’s time to choose a suitable channel to reach people. Thanks to the internet, these days you can be your own media company for almost nothing. You don’t have to have hundreds of thousands of dollars to reach a lot of people. You can reach millions of people for a few dollars.

    Advertising

    You can use tools like blogging, Youtube, social media, podcasting, and more to reach people. Using these channels will help you get your work out there and possibly reach thousands of people.

    If you want to raise awareness about something, you can blog and/or make YouTube videos. If you want to share photographs, maybe Instagram is a good channel for you.

    Think about what is the most suitable channel to deliver your productions.

    Action Item 2: Choose a channel (or a few) to start to distribute your work.

    3. Start Producing

    Decide on a time when you’re going to produce every week and make it part of your routine.

    A lot of people have goals and want to achieve them, but they never do so because they don’t build a routine and a system to get there.

    Advertising

    For example, tell yourself “I’ll write a blog post every Monday and Thursday at 4PM.” Then, make sure to block your time to do it.

    Action Item 3: Decide on exactly when are you going to produce and stick to the schedule.

    Over time, it’s going to become a habit and you’ll produce higher quality work in less time.

    We were created with the power of producing, creating, and adding value to this world. This is how we transform the world around us and make it a better place. Start becoming a producer and have a bigger impact on your world.

    Featured photo credit: pexels.com via pexels.com

    More by this author

    producer not just a consumer How To Become A Producer And Add Value To This World

    Trending in Hobby

    1 Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally 2 18 Things You Need To Know Before You Get Your First Tattoo 3 17 Free Websites That Will Improve the Quality of Your Life Today 4 Streaming or Downloading: Which Is the Best Use of Your Mobile Data? 5 7 Fun Things To Do When You’re Home Alone

    Read Next

    Advertising
    Advertising
    Advertising

    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

    Advertising

    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

    Advertising

    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

    Advertising

    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

    Advertising

    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

    More About Procrastination

    Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

    Read Next