(Note: You probably won’t understand the introduction to this post if you don’t watch “House“. That’s okay. Just skip to the list for how giving up Netflix made me a better freelancer—at least for a week).
It’s 11:29 pm. You’re sitting slackjawed on your couch, watching your third episode of “House” Season 2 because Netflix is on autoplay, and the cat is curled up next to you.
You did not do your laundry. You did not blog. You definitely didn’t do any other work.
You did not cook dinner; instead, you foraged for stray carrots and dipped them into two-week-old hummus while watching House chew out other doctors for thinking it was lupus.
It’s NEVER LUPUS.
Anyway, a few weeks ago, I caught myself trapped in the scene above. I was tired, but hadn’t spent my time on anything worthwhile. I was annoyed at myself.
And I had noticed myself opening Netflix by default, almost without thinking. I don’t like being a thoughtless robot.
So I decided to see if I could abstain from watching Netflix—and all other shows and online video diversions—for a week.
Here’s what happened.
5 Ways Giving Up Netflix Will Make You a Better Freelancer (and a Better Person)
- I was more creative. I made my own creative escapes instead of diving into “House” reruns.
- I was more mindful. I realized how much time I was spending zoning out. Now I can choose when to zone out. Hopefully it won’t be as much.
- I read more. Like, a lot more. Like a book a week more. And they were such good books!
- I went to bed earlier and slept better. Early to bed, early to rise, and all that crap. Seriously, though. That last 40-minute episode before bed makes a difference in your sleep quality, not just quantity. Though I have f.lux, I suspect watching a screen before bed still fucks with your brain, blue light or not.
- I had to be with myself. God, it was uncomfortable. And necessary.
If giving up Netflix for a week seems impossible for you—that means it’s all the more important to do it.
Try it. Let me know what happens. And if it gives you a boost, share this post.