While you’re waiting for the bus, do you open up a game or your notebook? When you’re bored at home, do you fire up reddit or a text editor?
Downtime is important. I’m not categorically against the former. But I do find my life feels considerably more meaningful when I’m in the habit of doing the latter.
I remember an old post by Patrick (which I can’t find for the life of me) where he was talking about getting over his 20-hour-a-week World of Warcraft habit. The gist was that figuring out SEO and Adwords was a more interesting (and profitable) game to be playing which ultimately satisfied the same parts of his brain as goofing around in Azeroth.
These things cycle. I don’t think it’s a permanent choice. But it is a choice, built on habits. Creation unwinds us in the same way as consumption, while consumptions burns up our creative needs. One side wins.