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The Best Services For TV-Series Nerds

The Best Services For TV-Series Nerds

With the number of awesome TV shows growing every day, any self-respecting TV-series junkie will eventually encounter the problem of how to keep track of all of them, how to choose what to watch, and how to watch everything that interests you without spending your life savings on the cable bill. Let’s take a look at the best possible solutions.

1. Sky

Sky may have started as a televisual entertainment company, but the range of services they offer today is much broader than that. In addition to a great number of packages tailored to the needs of particular groups of customers, which allow you to fine-tune your dealings with the company and pay only for what you really need, Sky offers Internet and telephone services. Such abundance may look overwhelming, but you simply have to contact Sky customer service to get all the assistance you need in choosing a package to suit your needs.

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2. Amazon Video

The world seems to be head over heels in love with streaming nowadays, and Amazon Video is one of the two most important players in this market, fighting over your subscriptions with Netflix. Amazon seems to be really putting forward its Amazon Prime subscription (£79/$99 per year), which comes not only with access to the streaming service, but with some additional perks as well: free postage from Amazon’s retail, a Kindle ebook lending library, and Amazon Music Prime streaming service.

However, there is a hitch – Amazon Video doesn’t provide all videos it has with Amazon Prime. Many newer shows will be available only for an additional payment, which can make you feel cheated.

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3. Netflix

The main competitor of Amazon Video shows a much more straightforward approach. It is a pure subscription service: after you’ve paid your monthly fee, there will be no extra charges, and you get full access to the entire library available in your country.

Right now, the choice between Netflix and Amazon Video heavily depends on the country you live in. For example, in the UK, Netflix offers almost twice as much choice as its competitor. If you are in doubt, you can always try the 30-day trials offered by both services before committing to anything.

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4. iTunes

Of course, iTunes is not a subscription service, but a store. This means that once you buy something, it is yours forever. It is more suited to those who watch the same shows multiple times and want that pleasant sense of ownership that just doesn’t come with rentals — which are available here as well, by the way.

5. Hulu

A viable alternative to the Amazon Video and Netflix, Hulu is unfortunately available only in the USA and Japan, but for those living there it offers a wide choice of films and shows for a reasonable subscription fee. Its additional distinctive feature is that it streams a selection of anime titles from many distributors, such as Funimation, Bandai Visual, and TMS Entertainment, so those whose interests lie in this direction should certainly check it out.

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6. Google Play

A more readily available alternative to Hulu, Google Play is available in more countries and offers a flexible store and rental service, with purchases that can be shared among up to five devices. Although somewhat less popular than the alternatives, Google can be trusted to perfect their service with time.

Finding the best arrangement to meet your watching needs may be tough, but it is certainly worth it. When you have all your video entertainment provided by one source and don’t pay for what you don’t need, you can considerably lower your expenses — and spend less time wondering what to watch next.

Featured photo credit: mokastet/flickr.com via flickr.com

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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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