A Book Per Month – Why I Cancelled Netflix To Have More Time For Reading

Not that long ago, I was inspired to commit to a move, that saw me cancelling my Netflix account. In fact, I realised that I was spending way too little time reading and also wasting too much time with Netflix.

I was wondering what actual value Netflix was giving me, and I realised, that only rarely did I watch things that I thought are truly great, this included Stranger Things; But most of the things I was watching to give myself some relaxation time, actually did, on closer analysis, bring less value to me as reading a good book does. Sure, with the very low cost of a Netflix subscription this didn’t have to be ein either/or scenario, but I decided it was time to give this a try and not have a Netflix subscription, until something truly inspiring and/or artistically amazing comes out that would actually make me regret not watching it. And with a full cancellation this would also take away the temptation.

So, I devised another plan instead: I will purchase one book each month, and set myself the goal to read it until the next book will arrive. Should I finish faster, I will order an intermediary book to read.

There is no real pattern by which I will choose the books, it will mostly be driven by whatever I feel like when it is time for the next one.

The First One

The book for February just arrived today, Silence: In the Age of Noise by Norwegian Author Erling Kagge. It came to my attention by means of an extract that was printed in last weekend’s FT Weekend, in the ‘Life and Arts’ section, and I felt it would be a very interesting book to read, blending reflection with philosophy in an interesting way, at least in my very first contact with it. So, this is the one I ordered first, purely from a feeling and a short extract, yet I actually was more hyped about the little parcel taking it to my doorstep than I was for a new episode of Game of Thrones this summer… and this leads me to believe, I made the right decision.


A Happy Christmas To All Friends and Followers!

I want to wish all my friends and followers a very happy Christmas! I hope you are having a great time with those people important to you and celebrate everything there is to celebrate these days.

I also want to take the opputurnity to thank all my friends, followers, supporters and business contacts for your continued support and for being there when I needed you.

As no year is like another, 2017 also was a very unique, special year. I started a journey to sail for new shores, moving to a new (and old) country, meeting many great new people, started a new business and started my way on many fresh journeys.

As Christmas is the time when we take in the quiet and calm and cool down after the storms of the passing year, this is my thank you message to all those that were there for me when I needed you the most and also extend my hand to all of you for me to return the favour.

Having started a new company, this is one of those special years in my life during which there are great opportunities to be taken and great losses that have to be endured, but thanks to all of you, who will know who they are when reading these lines, I feel I am in a better position than ever before.

2017 was a year in which I found myself re-examining many things, but I also came to the conclusion that the sport of cycling is a more essential part of me than I previously thought, which is why I also want to give my extended thank you to both the GS Avanti Club of South London who were a great help to return to the sport and the RSV90 Goldenstedt with whom I once again spend many great hours in training and racing. But I also want to thank the staff at Swift Cycles in London who gave me an amazing experience buying my Cervelo R2 which brought more joy upon me than I could imagine was possible.

Now 2018 lays ahead, with many great challenges and crossroads to come, new decisions to make, success and loss which will be unavoidable. But I am looking forward with a happy heart, believing the future is brighter than the past, not at last thanks to all of my friends, followers, supporters and other people that have enriched my life in 2017 and the 24 years before.

Happy Christmas

Your J M Meissner