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Android TV: Is It Worth It?

Android TV: Is It Worth It?

The big technology to look at these days is the many different kinds of TV streaming services available to you, and it can be tough to figure out which one is the best. Android TV is a popular form of getting more channels and entertainment options in your home, and there’s plenty of reasons why. I’m going to talk about what Android TV offers, as well as why you should consider making use of it. Personally, I have it in my home – I couldn’t be happier with the sheer amount of options I have when it comes to watching TV. It’s not for everybody, though! That’s why I felt it was necessary to write this piece.

What Is It?

If you have an Android phone, picture a cable box that is running on the exact same operating system. Android does a great job of providing the user with stellar performance, but that’s not all a potential consumer is looking at; the selection of movies and shows is important as well. Android TV was introduced to the world in 2014, allowing you to interact with your television in a way you never thought possible. It can be built into TV’s, but there’s also an external box format that many people use as well. An Android TV box allows you to implement the Google Play Store to download apps and other services (like Netflix or Hulu) – it even goes as far as allowing you to download games on your television.

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Voice search is also implemented, allowing you to look up any sort of video you’d like without raising a finger. This is perfect for not only people who are disabled, but it’s also ideal for those that are just plain lazy (and there’s nothing wrong with that). If you love Netflix and wouldn’t mind having it seamlessly implemented into your television routine, Android TV is the best device to be using.

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Is It Expensive?

This is the best part: as compared to many other cable/FiOS providers, it’s relatively cheap. Expenses can build up when you’re using a satellite or cable provider, especially when it comes to watching pay-per-views and shows of that nature. With Android TV, you can pretty much stream with ease from your phone; whether it’s YouTube or the internet, you’ll be able to watch whatever you like. When you take into account that there are so many different apps and other services to use alongside Android TV (and in many cases, free of charge), it’s a deal and a half!

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I haven’t had a large cable bill to complain about in months, and I have Android TV to thank for that. If financial stability is something you’re keen on, as it should be for just about all of us, Android TV can cut your current entertainment bill right in half. I mean, that’s not a promise; but it could happen!

Joining the Movement

A lot of people have an Android TV box these days so that just goes to show how convenient it can be for everyday use. Why would so many people use it in their homes if the entertainment value wasn’t there? I was skeptical at first, much like you might be; but after using it for myself, I realized the potential was there. Ever since then, I’ve been using Android TV seamlessly. It seems like regardless of what I want to watch, I can do exactly that with this nifty little invention. Joining the movement could very well be the best thing you’ve ever done!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

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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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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