Here’s an idea — curation over consumption.
When interacting with content on the internet, set your intention to curation over consumption. It’s a simple way to break free from being a consumer and to think critically about the content I see.
Curating content can be straightforward; when you come across something you find interesting, save it. A list of bookmarked links is a good way to start. Nowadays, I’ve switched from pinterest.com to cosmos.so. I use my curated content to compare my work to where I want to be. It’s a good way to set passive goals to work towards. Instead of looking for references or mood boards of what an individual drawing looks like, think of curation as a giant mood board that guides where you should go and what you’re interested in.
You can use many different ways, services, and systems, but what’s important is to mindfully curate instead of mindlessly consume mindfully.