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10 Underrated Netflix Movies And Shows To Binge Watch During The Cold Weather

10 Underrated Netflix Movies And Shows To Binge Watch During The Cold Weather

What’s the best way to spend an afternoon in your house during a cold day? Make hot chocolate? Read a book? Build a blanket fort?

While all of those are viable options, the best way to spend your day during the cold is to binge watch as many Netflix shows and movies as you can. There are so many great shows and movies on Netflix, but let’s be honest—you’ve already seen Breaking Bad, Dexter has a terrible ending, and Narcos is based on a true story, so you already know how it’s going to end.

Here are 10 underrated Netflix movies and shows to binge watch when it’s cold outside.

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1. Frank

Have you ever wanted to watch a movie about a music icon who wears a giant, plastic head for the entire film? Now you can!

But seriously, Frank is a fantastic independent film everyone should watch. Michael Fassbender is phenomenal in the role of Frank, an eccentric and deranged band leader who is driven by his creativity.

2. Comedy Bang! Bang!

If you’re a fan of anti-humor, Comedy Bang! Bang! is the show for you.

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Comedian and writer Scott Aukerman transformed his successful Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast into a hit show for IFC, and it’s currently getting ready to enter its fifth season. The show sees Aukerman hosting a satirical talk show that makes you realize some of the flaws in today’s late-night format. Each show features a celebrity guest and a comedian who plays some absurd character.

3. Wilfred

Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking? Wilfred is a show about a man named Ryan and a talking dog that only Ryan can understand. To Ryan, the dog is, of course, a man in a dog suit, and he doesn’t know why no one else can understand him. The show has gotten great reviews, and you should definitely binge watch your way into this bizarre world.

4. Exit Through the Gift Shop

I’m sure you’ve heard the name Banksy before. The legendary street artist has displayed his work all around the world, but no one knows who he is.

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Exit Through the Gift Shop is a fascinating documentary about the world of street art. It even includes an interview with Banksy and a look at some of his recent work. You also get to experience the journey that the filmmaker, “Mr. Brainwash,” takes into this world.

5. Legit

Crude, politically incorrect, and painfully honest comedian Jim Jeffries writes and produces the show Legit, which is based on his life and stand-up act. Those of you who are familiar with Jeffries’ stand-up know he often pushes the boundaries of today’s social issues, and his hilarious show does exactly the same thing. Much like Louie and Maron, Legit follows the life of a comedian and will have you laughing hysterically.

6. Firefly

Firefly is one of Joss Whedon’s earlier works that follows a group of space cowboys who do sometimes illegal jobs so they can make money and keep flying. Although the show only lasted one season, it garnered a cult following from sci-fi fans around the world. Firefly is a must-see show for sci-fi fans who enjoy space travel, new planets, and gun fights.

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7. Sleepwalk With Me

Comedian Mike Birbiglia’s independent film is based on one of his earlier stand-up comedy albums. Sleepwalk With Me is about Birbiglia starting his stand-up career, when he learns that he has REM behavior disorder. This means he acts out his dreams, which eventually becomes dangerous for him and his girlfriend.

8. No Country for Old Men

Unlike the other shows and movies on this list, No Country for Old Men is a slow-paced drama that uses tension and suspense to its fullest potential. The Coen brothers did a phenomenal job creating a thrilling cat-and-mouse game between a killer and a sheriff. Every shot and beat has you on the edge of your seat as you anticipate what is going to happen next.

9. The Code

This Australian thriller is about modern-day issues such as journalism, online security, and privacy. Two brothers try to solve a mystery about an accident that killed two teenagers. When they try to find more information, they are caught hacking into a database, and they quickly become involved in something much bigger than they’d originally anticipated.

10. The Killing

Adapted from a popular Danish TV Series, The Killing centers around two detectives trying to figure out a murder case. Every episode is structured as a single day of the investigation, so if you enjoy police drama and enjoy the slow unraveling of a great story, you’ll be hooked on this show. This slow burn mystery requires and rewards patience and attention.

Stay Warm and Have Fun

The great thing about Netflix is you can access it from anywhere as long as you have the right equipment. There’s a lot of excellent content on Netflix you might never have heard of. Binge watching anything is a great way to pass the time during a snowstorm. Netflix has so many options, and you can always put on Fireplace For Your Home to help you stay warm!

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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