How On-Demand TV Changed The Way I Watch Television

How On-Demand TV Changed The Way I Watch Television

Here we go again. Another late night coming home from work. It seems like I never have any free time. Let alone time for watching television. Let’s face it, who has the luxury of a nine to five career? In fact, I often bring work home. When I do get time off to be with friends, they are always discussing the latest trends, shows and movies. I have no idea what they are talking about and it makes me feel disconnected.

On the rare occasion I get to watch television, the only thing trending is CNN. I can’t take it anymore – the news is driving me crazy! Hearing another Donald Trump Twitter rant makes me want to pull my hair out. It’s not like I can relax and watch the latest episodes of Better Call Saul. These shows air during prime time.


For the longest time, I did not even watch television. I was tired of showing an interest in a series only to be held in suspense for weeks (or months) at a time. Instead, I would curl up with a good book and never finish it. That eventually got boring and I attempted to explore other avenues.

I tried crochet. It enhanced my creative side, but made me feel old. I now have about fifty granny squares lying around the house. None of them are connected either.


Next was a short stint with dubbed anime. As it turns out, I am not alone on this one. According to Techwack, adults watch dubbed anime because they get to relive their childhood. That explains a lot. I am the biggest kid. It was not all that bad. Anime helped me secure a friendship with Jeanne, the “computer geek girl” whose office is plastered with hundreds of creepy dark dolls. Hey, it’s always a good thing to have a friend in the IT department when you need stuff done. Besides, dark dolls are kind of awesome and so is anime. Secretly, I am starting my own collection.

Then, came on-demand television and changed the way I watch TV. Binge watching on Netflix is my new late night ritual, mostly because Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards are exclusive to it.


I am not much of a movie fan. I can barely last 45 minutes watching anything without falling asleep. Binge watching just makes life simpler for me, because I can schedule shows to meet my active lifestyle, I can fast forward to current episodes if I just want to catch up and it costs roughly ten dollars a month. With hundreds if not thousands of shows to watch, you cannot beat that.

Contrary to popular belief, I do not always watch the entire season. I sometimes just watch a few shows to get the gist of things. If I am not able to watch the entire series, at least I have an idea of what’s going on.


For the first time in a long time I feel a connection to everyone else and I don’t have to avoid social media.

Yes, I would avoid Facebook so I did not have to deal with spoiler alerts and reading posts that made no sense to me. Now, I can actively engage in conversations about things other than the size of Trump’s ego. I no longer feel a disconnect with my colleagues who talk incessantly about the latest episodes. I am certain that the stupid smile on my face as I nod in agreement doesn’t escape them. I don’t want to be the weird old lady in room 222, I want to be the go to gal.

People do not realize how isolated you can feel when you are not up to date with current trends. On-demand TV is helping me fill this gap. At least for now. Hopefully, Jeanne will update me on the next big breakthrough in technology.

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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.


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.


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, 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.


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.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

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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