My (almost) zero Netflix policy


This week, I wanted to share what I’ve been up to…

It’s been 3 weeks since I’ve mindlessly watched Netflix, YouTube or anything in between. Here’s how it’s gone:

  1. Read a lot more books. Here are the books I’ve gone through in the past 2 weeks:
    1. Underland by Robert McFarland (not finished)
    2. Reaching the Animal Mind by Karen Pryor (excellent book!)
    3. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (this was a reread, one of my favs)
    4. Crimes Against Logic by Jamie Whyte (just started)
  2. My head feels a lot clearer and I feel like I have a lot more energy.
  3. Bought in line skates and went skating. I’m still bad at stopping, but I’m learning!
  4. I still watch some videos. But it’s purposefully and I don’t doom scroll after. In the past 3 weeks, I’ve watched:
    1. Cruella (meh)
    2. Task Master New Zealand s2e10 (LOVE)
    3. Ted Lasso s2e6,7,8 (I liked season 1 more)
    4. Captain Fantastic (fantastic!)
    5. Some random video of a guy cleaning an injured cow’s hoof

I think there’s something insidious about watching videos online. Not only are they addictive, but many people misguidedly think it’s relaxing and a way to “switch off” so they do it more than they should.

Anecdotally, I feel like videos are like a low grade energy sap. They stimulate your mind (because bright flashing lights and noises), and when done for hours, can get quite tiring without you even realising it. It’s the same reason standing still in Times Square or Ginza is more tiring than standing still in a quiet field. The stimulation is tiring.

These days, I sleep better, focus better and feel more at peace.

I hope I can keep it up.

Seeya next Monday,

Lesley

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