Input – Process – Output.
What do you think of when you hear this… A computer system? A device? Or maybe the human body?
But what if this process could be used to practice a mindful life too… Sounds interesting right? Well I came across this idea a couple of months ago, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since:
Input VS Output
Think of it like this…
Everything that you allow and absorb in your life is your input, and everything that you “do” is your output. And just like a computer, if you have too much output and not enough input, you’ll eventually crash!
Bear with me!
You know when you’ve been working for 2 weeks straight with no days off, and you feel run down, weak and totally exhausted? That’s the result of constant output mode.
But to put this in a more mindful sense, it all comes down to absorbing vs creating.
You need to find a balance of both; periods of time that are dedicated to absorbing surrounding energies, sourcing inspiration, and finding time to heal, whilst counteracting that with time to create and put your message out to the world.
I can’t even express the number of times I’ve felt this way, but never understood why. My job is about creating, creating, creating, and there have been points where I’ve gone weeks of procrastination and been stuck in a total rut.
What I’ve now come to learn, is that this was caused by neglecting my input!
Humans are consuming or creating in every moment of life, and the human mind runs just like a system. Without having time to calm your thoughts, absorb new things, listen and learn, the burn out is incredibly real.
If you don’t give yourself time to recharge, how can you expect to keep running?
This might be common sense to some of you; that having time off is essential to your well being. But being active and aware of this balance is so important – putting this concept at the front of your mind is how you’ll see the most difference.
This doesn’t mean going on a getaway every few months… This is about taking the time to find meaningful input every day, every few days, or every week.
It’s VITAL however, that you choose your input wisely… And I can confirm this through personal experience!
It’s said that 80% of your output is depicted by 20% of your input – the 80/20 rule. If you’re not content with your current results, behaviours, mindset or overall mental health, re-assessing how you spend most of your input time is the very first step!
My job means that I spend more time looking at a screen than the average person would. I’m constantly absorbing information that makes me frustrated, self-doubtful and comparative. And consuming this kind of content has affected my mental clarity in more ways than one…
What I’ve only just come to realize, is that the only way that I can balance this out is by taking a long hard look at what I consume. Social media is a method of output for most people, and most of my time is spent absorbing that instead of creating a meaningful input of my own.
You have to find the sources that make a positive difference for you. For me, that’s not the internet (and I’m sure you will say the same)… It’s the things like getting outdoors, having regular time off social media, exploring other cultures, connecting in my relationships, focusing on my primary foods, doing yoga + meditation or watching an uplifting film.
But what I want you to take away from this, is that in order to change any feeling, emotion, reaction, intention or creation, you really need to look at what you absorb.
This is a big realisation for me, and in the future, I’m going to be working hard at finding a meaningful, fulfilling balance; dedicating time to absorb, and dedicating time to create.
Input VS Output – Your happiness is in your hands.
Disclaimer – This advice is just advice. Mental health can be very complex, so for expert help, please reach out to a professional.
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