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  1. What does everyone's morning routines look like? I listened to a recent podcast with Penn Juliette (from Penn & Teller fame) where he talks about extensive journalling and reflecting every day. The part that stood out to me the most was that he allocates time every morning to go back through his old journals - 1 week, 1 year and 10 years in the past - and reflects on how much he has grown, the issues he is still battling with and general grounding on himself before tackling the day. I forsee the biggest challenge for me doing this is finding the time to jam it in - especially in the mornings. I am really sluggish in the mornings and generally lose about 30-45 minutes after I wake up to get my body going. That time is usually spent arguing with myself over how much I want to go back to bed or trying to get my body going (mainly ready for a 10km+ run). This time would be the ideal time to claw back and use for this journalling/reflection. So, what do you do to get going quickly in the morning? I don't do caffeine anymore, but I drink a litre of water as soon as I wake up, and start moving around to get the blood flowing. I won't be able to read the responses for a few weeks but I am looking forward to the discussion.
  2. Yes - perfectly normal. Addiction is the inability for someone to self-regulate regardless of the outcomes/impacts/punishment. I am not so much a console gamer but a huge PC gamer. After spending so many years I have tried so many tricks to get games working or bypass rules etc. As I told @stablish once, "Give me enough time, I'll try to play games on a toaster." I got around it by downgrading. I packed up my PC, gave away my graphics card, and bought a $190 laptop and put linux on it. Now if I really want to play games there is extra steps between me and doing that - which usually ends up with me giving up or getting distracted by something else. You're not crazy mate, just feeling the symptoms of addiction. You will have a completely different perspective after 90 days.
  3. I feel you mate. This is a tough nut to crack - and why people then fall back into gaming as the easy option. I too go through some days where I wonder where am I going with my life because there feels like there is no enjoyment. From my experience, all I can say is you need to be more present in the moment. When I stop looking for something more, something to entertain me, and just take each moment or each environment for what it is, I feel a lot better. It's an easy thing to say but hard to really subscribe to, so will take some practice. A really good example of where it works for me quite well, is when you're in a queue. I always see people on their phones as the people who are getting agitated for having to wait so long. But standing there, without a phone, just taking in the moment and their environment, are the people who are calm with waiting. Rather than "trying to find something", you need to reframe what you are doing now. Yes of course have a hobby or two, but the thought of always having to find something enjoyable for you to recreate means that you will never be fulfilled with what you have.
  4. That's a good pace bro. You would achieve the dream of a marathon in less than 4 hours with that pace. Wrong mindset hombre, you didn't make time for your Spanish Lesson. A person who says they are too busy is a person with unclear priorities.
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    When you get to the 20 day range, things become a lot easier because your new routine will have taken root. That's when you start getting a whole lot more clarity and begin making plans for post the detox. Be careful of having too much spare time - that's an opportunity for your brain to tell you that it's ok to game and you have nothing to lose - just like @EpicJ0J0 said. Until then, keep changing your environment!
  6. That's me bud! Feels like only yesterday. We double down on the "flashback" episode of Gaming the System, number 003 I think it was, where Jason gives me the opportunity to talk about how my life has changed since the detox.
  7. There is always room for improvement - it's when we think there is nothing else to learn that we stop growing as an individual. I seem to always get the same result from the MBTI - though that's probably a good thing. I always get the Defender - ISFJ. It's scarily accurate and tells me I have something in common with Vin Diesel (lol). Though the personality test that really made the lightbulb come on for me was the DISC analysis. Again, probably all the same stuff under different titles but wow, it really pierced the soul.
  8. In 3 more days you'll be up to episode 14, the detox toolbox! You must be so excited to listen to it that you can barely sleep ?
  9. G'day Rojo! I can say that gaming most likely directly contributed to you being socially awkward! You haven't given yourself time to work on those subtle social skills which makes conversations and introducing yourself so much easier. I've been there before (and probably am still there), and you've already made the hardest step by acknowledging and being aware of it - now the easy step is practicing or working on it. I look forward to being a part your journey!
  10. Feel free to favourite and relisten to episode 14 of the old series of the GameQuitters podcast and 003 of Gaming the System - both are highly recommended! I have also just started listening to "Dad Wrote a Porno", finished the first episode this morning. It's different! A female coworker recommended it to me (and I am quite older than her) so I was wondering what she was trying to tell me! But it seems like it could be good for a few laughs. I'll check out Slight Edge, what is it about?
  11. No worries - I will work on this in a different environment.
  12. Good work on changing your environment - I found that is the most effective way to defeat cravings, rather than trying to close tabs or block apps or whatever. I have extended it to other aspects of my life too - so I try to change my environment often if I am frustrated etc and I encourage my work mates to do the same. The podcasts are great and have a lot of useful information! Don't be afraid to listen to them more than once to get the message to stick in your head or remind yourself of why you are doing what you are doing. I recommend Episode 14 from the 2017 season and 003 from Gaming the System - they both have this very attractive charismatic guy on them who sounds like a dream ? How was your stomach after the birth video? I just about passed out when I saw it in our child education (or whatever you call it) class. I didn't manage to go to the second lesson as our son arrived so early but you pick it up as you go!
  13. Good work mate! I am glad what I said helped you. Running really helps you change your environment, reset, and get in the flow state that you would be used to with gaming.
  14. I have been doing great mate, and I am glad to see that your vibe in your journals is more upbeat and much more positive. Sounds like you have made some great mental decisions which has lifted a lot of pressure/concern for you. When I have a bit more spare time it would be great to chat more in detail.
  15. Welcome to the team! You will be surprised how much you enjoy being in the moment when you're not preoccupied with video games.
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