Well, I thought that I’d take a break from talking about creativity and talk about being part of the audience today. This is mostly because, as awesome as things like second-hand DVDs, sales on game sites, second-hand books etc… are, it’s easily possible to end up in a situation where you have a lot of stuff but not enough time to enjoy it all.
So, what do you do if you find yourself in a situation like this? Here are a few tips:
1) Look at the “jumping in” time and prioritise accordingly: I’ve already written about “jumping in” time before, but it basically just refers to the minimum amount of time you can enjoy a particular thing for.
For example, if you want to watch a TV show, then it has to be consumed in 20-60 minute instalments. Whereas, you can just read a couple of pages of a book at a time. Likewise, a game that has short loading times and allows you to save anywhere has a shorter session length than one that takes ages to load and uses checkpoint saving.
But, how can this help you? Simply put, take a look at everything you plan to read/watch/play and work out roughly what the minimum amount of time you can spend with each thing is. Then, look at the time you have left and see what you can fit into it.
For example, if you’ve only got ten minutes to spare, then read another chapter of that novel. If you’ve got thirty minutes, maybe have another go at that game. If you’ve got a couple of hours free, then this is the time for movies and/or TV show binge-watching.
2) Be optimistic: Although it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by having more things than you can enjoy, unless you’re borrowing them or there’s some kind of deadline, then you should actually see the situation as a good thing.
Simply put, it means that you’ve got a reserve of entertainment. It means that you’ll never be short of something to pass the time with.
In other words, the excess books, DVDs, games etc… won’t disappear if you don’t look at them right now. So, just enjoy the ones that appeal to you most right now. It doesn’t mean that you’ve wasted the other ones. They’re still there. And, who knows, they might come in handy at some point in the future? Thinking about the ones you don’t watch/read/play as a “reserve” can be one way to think about the situation more optimistically.
3) Multi-tasking: This article was prompted by the fact that I’ve found myself in the strange situation of having two computer games on the go at the same time. Generally speaking, you want to avoid situations like this. Or, more accurately, you need to multi-task more intelligently.
In short, if you’re going to multi-task, then make sure that you do it with two different types of things. For example, you could have a novel that you read during free moments during the day and a TV show that you relax with during the evening. Keeping the formats separate means that you’re less likely to get confused between the two things, not to mention that the change between formats can keep each one feeling fresh and interesting too.
But, if this sounds a bit much, then just focus on one thing at a time (and prioritise according to which one interests you the most). The thing to remember here is that reading, watching and/or playing things is meant to be fun. If it feels more like a chore than a way to relax, then you’re doing it wrong. Remember, it’s better to really enjoy fewer things than to slog through lots of stuff just because you feel that you “should”.
Anyway, I hope that this was useful 🙂