Now that the ability to stream almost anything we want whenever we want is an actual reality, keeping up with our favourite shows has become something of a full-time job in itself. The problem is, however, that we still need to work a real job in order to pay for this secondary job.
This is when streaming becomes an issue of free time. There are only so many hours in a day and when half of them are taken up by work, cramming all of your social commitments into what’s left while still getting enough sleep can be tough.
So how can you keep up a solid streaming habit without getting fired or giving up precious sleep? Well, there are a couple of workarounds.
Become a full-blown hermit
Not ideal, but if you isolate yourself completely after work and on weekends, you’ll be able to stream pretty much all of your free time away. If you don’t mind cutting off your friends and family, this is one way to keep a job and stream for a good 8 hours a day.
It’s cold and dark after you finish work and you’ve got between four and six hours to kill anyway, so you might as well get in what you can before bed.
Clear your weekends forever
Kind of like becoming a hermit, but only on the weekends. A half-blown hermit, if you will.
Keep your weekdays for all the regular stuff but go crazy hermit person on the weekends. You could probably get in like 16 hours of streaming each day if you wanted to then. I mean, that’s a lot, but hey, who am I to judge? You do you, pal.
This is a good alternative to weeknight streaming if you have commitments during those times, as you can get one week’s worth of bingeing into two days.
Work from home while you watch
If you’re lucky, your workplace might allow you to work from home, which gives you a bit of a cheeky opportunity of sorts.
Just whack whatever you’re watching on in the background while you work from your lounge with a laptop. You won’t be able to give either task your full attention, but if you like the idea of maintaining a social life outside of work, it’s a decent workaround.
Stream on the go
The most obvious way to fit in more streaming is to do it during your commute to and from work. I’d wager most of you spend between 20 minutes to an hour sitting on public transport twice a day, so utilise that time to squeeze in what you can, that way you don’t have to become weird and isolated.
As an added bonus, it’s also a great way to drown out any public transport weirdness going on around you. That’s a win-win scenario if you ask me, folks.
Keep in mind that you’ll need a hefty mobile data plan if you’re going to be doing this every day unless you love going over your cap and paying fees or whatever. We recently worked out that 30GB of data will get you roughly 120 hours of streaming goodness, so you’d be looking at something in that ballpark if you’re serious about getting your commute binge on.
And I’m sure I don’t need to say this, but you can’t be streaming while you’re driving, so don’t be doing any of that. It’s dumb and illegal.
There you have it, folks, there are ways to work your streaming in around your boring old 9-to-5 without jeopardizing your employment. Your sanity on the other hand? Well, that’s up to you.
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Stream on, legends.Image: Portlandia / Broadway Video