What is the first thing you do when you sit down at your computer in the morning? Do you get some work done or do you consume information - things like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and so on?
Even reading email is a consumption task, not a production task.
The Information Diet has a blog post today called 500 Words Before 8am that sums this up very well.
If you begin your day checking the news, checking your email, and checking your notifications, you've launched yourself into a day of grazing a mindless consumption.
Starting your day as a producer means that your information consumption has meaning: the rest of the day means consuming information that is relevant to what it is that you're producing. Waking up as a producer frames the rest of your habits.
Does this sound at all familiar?
You open your email to check for anything important and find a notification that someone sent you a PM on Facebook. So you log in quickly only to read it, but notice a video in your news feed that looks interesting.
You click through to YouTube to watch it there, and find another interesting one in the related videos list. Next thing you know, an hour has passed and you're still poking around on YouTube, getting nothing done.
When you realize this, you close YouTube and go back to your email, only to realize you didn't even read the message on Facebook. So you click through to Facebook and the whole merry-go-round starts again.
If the first thing you do in your day is to actually produce something, you're in control of your time, not all the people filling your inbox or news feed with stuff they want you to do.