How To Stay Productive In The Era Of Netflix

As much as I hate to admit it, I’m human.

I’m full of flaws and weaknesses, including (but not limited to):

  • Sleeping in once in a while
  • Over snacking
  • Drinking a little too much
  • Not exercising enough
  • Binging shows on Netflix

I can guarantee a lot of you relate, especially on this last point.

Who hasn’t spent hour after hour on a Netflix spree, ravenously binging shows like House of Cards or Orange Is the New Black?

After all, that’s the point. That is exactly why Netflix includes features like automatically transitioning to the next episode after a few seconds and pumping out original content that is inherently created to be binge-watched.

For many of us, Netflix represents a chance to blow off steam after work, an escape from our mundane lives or even the chance connect with others (i.e. Netflix and chill).

For others, it can be seen as the ultimate productivity suck.

That’s right, I said the p-word. Productivity can be a pretty controversial topic in this day and age, especially among entrepreneurs.

You don’t have to look very hard online to find listicle after listicle counting down the “Top 10 Ways to Be More Productive,” or “5 Habits Used By the Most Successful People On Earth.”

Many seasoned entrepreneurs will tell you that nothing will ever replace hard work and constant productivity. They are the very people who usually consider Netflix to be a weakness.

The thing is, as humans, we all need downtime. We all need a way to rest or take a break. Otherwise, burnout is inevitable and the consequences can be even worse.

Instead of fighting it and wearing exhaustion as a badge of honor, why not steer into the skid and figure out what makes you happy?

No matter what it is, use it to your advantage.

There is nothing wrong with using these breaks as incentives for accomplishing necessary tasks.

Personally, I know I’m an extreme person. I typically take one entire day off after working a few weeks in a row. During this day, I’ll read, write, and even binge-watch a show on Netflix.

Other people have normal routines. After a day of work, they’ll come home and watch an episode or two of their favorite show.

The important thing is to find out what works for you.

Don’t let anyone else tell you you’ll never be successful.