A faint light appears, growing brighter to reveal a face. The clock on the bedside table reads 3:00am. A chip packet and pizza crusts occupy the bed, along with the Netflix-watcher. Their Netflix history shows they’ve been watching Dogs with Jobs for the past four hours.
ZOOM IN to reveal the next episode countdown. “3, 2, 1”. They clicked too late. A dog bounds across the screen.
We’ve all been here, one minute it’s 11:00 and you just want to watch one episode before bed and the next minute it’s 4:00 am and you’re wondering exactly how you watched 5 episodes of a TV show without even realizing it (its probably that 15 second countdown’s fault, if you don’t move your mouse quick enough another episode starts and then you have to watch it, right?). We’re students, it happens.
Sometimes though you end up getting hooked on a tv show and watch 81 episodes of it in 12 days and realize that you need to change something or you’re going to fail all your classes…
SO, here are the things I tried to get me to stop watching so much Netflix.
If you’re working in a library the judging stares of your fellow students will shame you and keep you from watching Netflix.
Remember how great reading for pleasure used to be? Instead of watching TV before bed I started reading a book before bed again. The problem with this method was I still stayed up till 3:00 AM but it felt a lot better to read for 4 hours then to watch something for 4 hours.
Studies show that being active on your study breaks help you retain information. This past week has been pretty chilly but when the sun has been out its been pretty nice to walk around campus or explore the city. Walks in the snow can also be really good photo ops.
Go ahead and finish the show. If you get it out of your system and don’t have a cliffhanger ending taunting you you’ll be more likely to actually get work done. Problem solved.
If anyone has any tips on not procrastinating let me know in the comments below or on twitter at @Amie_UofT