Make a choice – don’t browse

How many hours do you spend just browsing something? Clicking from one YouTube video to another, going through podcasts, picking out something on Netflix only to go back to the menu to watch something else. Having choice is great but control over media has turned us into picky, fidgety consumers. I’m absolutely guilty of doing this myself.

Here’s my advice: make a decision and then stick with it. Watch the whole movie from beginning to end even if it isn’t that great five minutes in. For added difficulty, put your phone in the other room so you don’t play with it during the film.

Sticking to a decision will relieve you from the stress of trying to “maximize” the enjoyment by finding the perfect thing to consume. Being mindful over your experience and not playing with your phone constantly relaxes your brain much like meditation does. Yesterday, I watched Blade Runner in its entirety without a single break and felt damn near enlightened.


P.S. I wrote about why I love watching TV a while ago. If you liked this post, you might want to read it also.


“Why not both?”

Said the little girl in the taco commercial. It’s surprisingly good advice that we tend to forget when considering options in life. When you’re faced choosing between two difficult choices, always ask yourself “Why not both?”. Of course this doesn’t apply to every scenario like buying a new car (you probably can’t afford to buy two cars) but it never hurts to consider both alternatives.