Unplug. Your Mind.
The average male adult spends 90% of his life watching shitty shows on Netflix; the average female adult spends 90% of her adult life watching not-so-shitty shows on Netflix. (Okay, that’s actually a big fat lie I made up, but it’s no bigger than what most of our couch-potatoey buttocks will look like in the Age of Binge-watching.)
I no longer have the luxury to invite girls over to
Netflix Blu-ray and chill. (And I haven’t gotten laid any less because of it.) Yup, I unsubscribed from Netflix, abandoned the service about five years ago, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with Netflix. For one, no advertisements. Goodbye erectile dysfunction ads! Hello, windows of endless movie titles!
Netflix is just one of the many services I’ve unsubbed from. I canceled Hulu years ago, said goodbye to Dollar Shave Club (my beard thanks me very much), and, as a test of sorts, I’ve temporarily parted ways with Spotify (but I love you indie bands!).
Why in all of Oompa-Loompa-Trumpkin’s America would I put a halt to such convenient services? That’s just it: they’re convenient. They’re comfortable. And comfort is the enemy of growth.
Living a life unsubscribed was originally an experiment. I wanted to test what would happen to my time if I gave up distractions competing for my attention. How much more productive would I be if I removed the temptation to binge watch five seasons of Game of Thrones or Sex in the City? (All right, let’s be honest, Sex in the City wasn’t a temptation to begin with.) If I saved an hour every day that would otherwise be spent “channel-surfing” Netflix for the perfect movie, the perfect show, where would that extra time go?
Pacifying myself with television was killing my dream. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, dreamed about it endlessly. But I was dreaming instead of doing. In order to finish that dusty novel, I needed to put down the remote and pick up the pen.
So here’s a challenge to you. Put down the remote. Reprioritize. If your dreams really matter to you, go for them. 100%. If you don’t have enough time in your day to pursue the things you’re dreaming about, it’s because you’re too busy investing your time into things that don’t actually add value to your life.
Stop. Think. Change.
It’s the only way to move forward.