People think binge-watching is all about clicking “Play” on Netflix. It’s not. There’s an art to wasting away hours of your life watching mindless nonsense, so if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right.
Step 1: Clear Out Your Schedule
At the least you’ll be watching a show that’s only ten episodes. That’s still approximately ten hours you’ll be sitting on your butt staring at a screen. And believe me, you’re not going to want to go to Cheryl’s party after this. Clear out that schedule.
Step 2: Decide—Friends or Solo?
I binge-watched the first three seasons of Game of Thrones with a good friend of mind. I’ve also binge-watched any number of TV shows curled up by myself. Decide if you want this to be a communal binge-watching experience or therapeutic you-time.
Step 3: Pick Your Show
This is very, very important. Don’t pick a show that you’re going to get bored of halfway through. Don’t pick a show that gets worse as it goes on. Pick a show you’ve been dying to watch, something you have to get caught up on, or that one show everyone raves about that you still haven’t watch (Season 1, Episode 3 of Breaking Bad—Holla!).
Step 4: Get Your Snacks Together
Really? You’re going to miss/interrupt Frank Underwood delivering a killer line to grab some Tic Tacs? You better have your snacks prepared ahead of time. Some good old junk food. And if you don’t have any snacks prepared before, have a good friend on speed dial that will bring you Taco Bell while in the midst of your binge-watching abyss. This is what friends are for.
Step 5: Get Comfy
You will most likely be sitting in one position for the entire day. Grab your comfy sweats, your warm flannel, a Pillow Pet, and some fuzzy blankets. You should be comfortable enough so that movement is not required, but not so comfortable that you fall asleep in the middle of the show. It’s not binge-watching if you take a break for a nap.
Step 6: Begin
You’ve committed to erasing an entire day of your life watching the last 3 season of Gilmore Girls. You can’t quit now. The finish line is in sight and oh, once you reach it, the bragging rights will be yours. So go ahead, waste some time, get your binge-watching on.