One, other, or all?

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Sometimes the choices about a how you use your time and the entertainment that you consume is tough. There are so many different options these days. From the extremely varied different video streaming services, to all the music streaming platforms, to all the options for books (real, audio, digital), podcasts, and social media.

It literally is difficult to keep up with all the options. Like literally.

I like movies and TV.

I like audio books.

I like listening to music.

I like listening to a couple different podcasts.

So, the question is, how do I do it all? Do I need a schedule? How do I give them all their due audience? Seriously.

I like music to fill time while I am putzing. I like to listen to podcasts and audio books while I putz. I listen to music while I work.

I like to watch stuff, but I actually watch – I can’t just listen. That takes time.

So, how do I watch my shows and movies, listen to audio books and podcasts, and how do I listen to all the music?

Are you like me? Do you do all this stuff or do you just focus on one? How do you deal with all this entertainment and balance it, like to keep up with it?


  1. G. J. Jolly · February 18, 2021

    In all honesty, I don’t understand how a person can be engaged in all that you’ve mentioned here and actually enjoy any of it. It’s just stuff fulling up time in daily life. I also don’t understand why a person needs to be entertained so extensively during his or her wakened hours. Has society gotten so caught up in being entertained that the thought of entertaining oneself is never considered anymore? Have simple pleasures been thrown to the wayside by the world of today?


    • backuphill · February 18, 2021

      Well, I think all of these things serve a purpose. Of course, movies/tv are a waste of time but there is value in using it to wind down or to learn at time. Music is something that I have playing often, while doing chores, yardwork, putzing, etc. Audio books are really something I use to learn. I spend so much time in the car (normally have two hours of commute time) that I found listening to books I wouldn’t normally just sit and read is a good use of time (especially when I am tired of listening to the radio). Podcasts? Well, so far they are just entertainment. For me it is kind of like a different form of talk radio, but I supposed there are educational benefits to it as well since there are subject covered that I don’t know much about. BUT, you are right. At some point it becomes too much to balance. I find that I will do a deep dive into something and then get focused on that, only to feel a little guilty that I have fallen behind on something else I was interested in. It is self-imposed, of course. Guess I just need to lessen my interests and be less well rounded. 😉


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