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Becoming A Netflix Expert: You Can’t Miss These Tricks If You Want To Get The Most Out of It

Becoming A Netflix Expert: You Can’t Miss These Tricks If You Want To Get The Most Out of It

Netflix is a worldwide phenomenon. It’s one of the cheapest streaming services in the world and practically everyone has it. It’s a great way to catch up on old classics and some old not-so-classic films. If you plan on getting (or you already have) it, here are some essential Netflix tricks you can’t miss!

1. Make an effort to use the rating system

Netflix tricks

    It may seem tedious to rate everything you watch on Netflix, but it’s a practice you should totally get into. Every time you rate a title, Netflix adjusts its recommendations for you. It’ll also ask you questions like how often you watch certain genres so they can even better tailor your experience to your tastes. It takes some time but after a while, Netflix will seem to just know what you like. The best Netflix experience you can give yourself is one where you rate everything. That includes low ratings for shows you don’t like. You should also be honest. You may tell your friends you like a show you really don’t, but if you do it with Netflix, it’ll give your recommendations for more shows you don’t like.

    2. Actually use the user profiles

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      Netflix allows you the ability to create profiles for multiple users and that’s a feature you should absolutely be using if you have multiple people in your household. Each person can keep their own profile and that allows everyone to rate titles, answer questions, and cater the My List to their tastes. If each person practices #1 on this list as well, everyone in your house can have a totally different Netflix experience.

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      3. Get Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb ratings (web browser only)

      Netflix tricks

        If you use the web browser version of Netflix, you can get more than one rating system by installing plugins that also show Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb ratings. What plugins you get depends on which browser you use. Netflix enhancer for Chrome seems to be highly recommended. Netflix Plus seems to work well on Firefox.

        4. Use a Chromecast to stream to your TV

        Netflix tricks

          Google’s awesome little dongle allows you stream Netflix from practically anywhere onto your television. You’ll need a Chromecast ($35) which is very cheap. From there you can get use Google Chrome on computers (with the Chromecast extension). You can also pick up the totally free Netflix app on Android or iOS. From there, it’s just a matter of playing a video and tapping the cast button to send it to your Chromecast. If you’re tired of watching on your phone or laptop, this is a cheap and effective way to get it to your TV.

          5. Find out what’s new on Netflix

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          Netflix tricks

            There are several sites and services that’ll tell you what’s new on Netflix. One is What’s New On Netflix, another is Netflix USA, and yet another is Instant Watcher. Using these resources, you can stay up to date on all the stuff that gets added to Netflix and help yourself find fun new stuff to watch!

            6. Search more intelligently

            Netflix tricks

              Simply put, Netflix search isn’t all that great unless you know exactly what you’re looking for. Thankfully, there is a resource that can help with that. If you head over to All Flicks, you can search by year, director, actor, category, and for TV shows and movies. This is also really helpful if you want to see if Netflix has a title but you’re on a PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, or an Xbox One and you don’t want to use the joysticks to navigate to every single letter.

              7. Access secret Netflix streaming options

              If you’re on a computer, an Xbox 360, or a PS3, you can access a set of secret Netflix options. On a computer, you simply need to do a Shift + Alt + Left Click to access it. For Xbox 360 and PS3 owners, you need to enter the Konami Code. Your options change depending on which platform you’re on, but it’s fun to see what else you can do.

              8. Watch the whole movie or show

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              Netflix tricks

                Netflix programmers are smart people and they have programmed Netflix with the ability to tell if you’ve watched an entire movie, part of a movie, a whole episode of a TV show, the whole season, or the whole series. These have an effect on your recommendations. So if you stop watching your favorite movie 15 minutes in, you should go back and watch the rest eventually or Netflix will be less likely to recommend more movies like that one.

                9. Complete your personalization profile

                Netflix tricks

                  According to sources, only about 5% of Netflix users actually use this feature. If you go complete your personalization profile, Netflix can immediately and definitely recommend better video options for you. It’s easy to do. Just sign into Netflix on your computer, go to Personlization at the top, and fill out the questionnaire. Then prepare for better recommendations!

                  10. Go explore your account settings

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                    There are a bunch of settings that allow you to further customize your Netflix experience. Under your account settings you can turn off post-play (where Netflix automatically plays the next episode of a TV show whether or not you tell it to), change your subtitle settings, streaming settings, and a surprising number of other settings. You owe it to yourself to check it out so you can see what options you have when it comes to using Netflix.

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                    Netflix has over 50 million subscribers and we, like everyone else, expects that number to climb dramatically as we slowly transition to streaming video over conventional television. With these tips, you’ll be ahead of the curve and you’ll be able to help your friends and family when they get Netflix.

                    Featured photo credit: Netflix via netflix.com

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                    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                      Why You Need a Vision

                      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                      How to Create Your Life Vision

                      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                      What Do You Want?

                      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                      Some tips to guide you:

                      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                      • Give yourself permission to dream.
                      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                      Some questions to start your exploration:

                      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                      • What qualities would you like to develop?
                      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                      • What would you most like to accomplish?
                      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                      A few prompts to get you started:

                      • What will you have accomplished already?
                      • How will you feel about yourself?
                      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                      • What does your ideal day look like?
                      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                      • What would you be doing?
                      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                      • How are you dressed?
                      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                      Plan Backwards

                      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                      • What important actions would you have had to take?
                      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                      Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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