Reading is activity.
Writing is productivity.
I love those lines. They make a particular case of one of the points I was making in my article - aimless activity will prevent you from reaching your goals.
Chris spends a good part of his day writing, and researching what he writes about. He's written about this in terms of blogging. In these articles, as the phrase at the top of this page says, I am concerned with who you are, not what you do. Separating the two can be difficult, though, especially since what you do is a reflection of who you are. If you habitually wander through your day with no real direction, that says something about you. If you randomly surf through the channels on the television for a few hours after sitting down to watch one specific program, that says something about you.
The internet has it's own allure. The magic of hyperlinking, and I do think it is a wonderful thing that can lead to delightful discoveries and knowledge to use in your life, also makes it too easy to spend hours in pleasant sightseeing. After following a link directly related to what you are working on at the moment, two hours later you can find yourself happily reading about a completely different subject and wonder how you got there.
There is nothing wrong with wandering. Browse throught a library, sightsee in a park, wander the internet. But do so as a source of renewal and relaxation. Keep track of where you are supposed to be and what you are supposed to be doing or you will look back and wonder where the time went and why you didn't do what you wanted to do with your self.