Taming Your Media Backlog

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I wanted to share this great post about dealing with entertainment backlogs by Kellen Beck on Mashable.

The last few months have been very busy, without much leisure time. Between my “to be read” pile of books, my “to be played” video game stack, and a near infinite queue of movies and TV, I actually started to feel a bit overwhelmed and guilty about all these things I want to experience.

I couldn’t have run across this post at a better time.

The Buddha said attachment to material possessions kills the soul, and I’d like to think that means he’d never own a DVR.

When you step back and look at the overwhelming sea of entertainment that most people who are lucky enough to have an internet connection (and even some without) are bombarded with, it is mind blowing. I remember only a few decades ago when there was a sense of true anticipation waiting for a new book/movie/game because there weren’t nearly as many releases. Now with the advent of streaming services and indie platforms like self-publishing, we are constantly awash in choice.

Kellen is correct. Coming to terms with the fact that you just cannot do it all is freeing. This revelation has helped me to slow down and really enjoy the entertainment that I do consume.

Do you have a huge entertainment backlog? Does it weigh on you? Don’t let it. It’s all supposed to be fun.

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5 thoughts on “Taming Your Media Backlog

  1. JBlaide says:

    This is a really interesting concept I’ve never thought of this way. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all heard the idea that material attachment isn’t good for the mind and soul but I never really considered how media consumption could be related to that idea. I definitely have a problem with this. My fiancé is a gaming streamer and pop culture enthusiast so there’s always hype around some new thing that I “need” to watch or play or view or something else with. It is draining and makes my free time feel wasted if I don’t catch up on them. Worse it makes them feel like obligations rather than leisure activities. I think I’m going to give your idea a shot and see where it gets me! Awesome post!

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    • B.L. Daniels says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Yeah, video games are especially tough for this. Multiplayer gaming demands staying current in a way that music, movies, and books don’t. I’ve also noticed I try to be less of a completionist now, where if I don’t like a book I do not force myself to finish it.

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      • JBlaide says:

        That is entirely too true. Just a week or two away from the gaming community can cause a huge loss of relevancy. I’m thankful my media’s of choice aren’t as demanding as my fiancé’s so I only deal with them on a second-hand basis. I’ve always been really drawn to the idea to finish a book or movie or whatever but I have to agree that letting go of that makes for a much more enjoyable experience! I’ll probably never beat my favorite games and that’s OK!

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  2. Rebecca Moon Ruark says:

    Fantastic post as always–this one and your last (on similar-ish themes I think). Yes, yes, and yes, all these devices and entertainments that are supposed to be making life enjoyable are just bombarding us. Great, succinct post. Love the Buddha bit!

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    • B.L. Daniels says:

      Thanks Rebecca. One of the things I think people have forgotten is that every time we give up something to our smartphone and computer for the sake of convenience, there is some sort of cost that comes with it.

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