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Gaming the System 006 - James' First 30 Days As a Digital Nomad in Thailand!

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  1. ketias

    Attempt #2

    Damit!!! i hate myself at times...... I was so sure i learned from my previous mistake. 3 weeks i made it with few urges..... searched for something work related on google.....fell over another news post..... a link.....ended up on a twitch stream for Elder scrolls online.... closed it down and got some dinner. next morning i had played 9 hours of the damn game.... right back where i started. GRRRRRR...... and now its been daily for 2 weeks. Why must i fail every time i'm close to a month, its like a i lag the energy to start doing something else for to long and end up dropping back to gaming again.
  2. ketias

    Attempt #2

    We need a chrome add on to filter out all banners, posts and news about games. I feel no matter where I go it's screaming games right in my face. YouTube is absolutely terrible at it as well as Facebook. 😂 Got a long weekend ahead of me, due to holidays. First long weekend after I quit again and it was a long weekend that was the cause of me trying to play a little last time. Will try to stay busy and away from the computer. 😎
  3. I would tell myself, that in game achievements does not benefit real life and hiding from real life problems in a game, only lasts until the game gets boring. Most importantly, spent time with family, cause one days it's to late and now I can live with the regrets for the rest of my life.
  4. be careful though, i tried that with GTA V cause i found it boring fast, but it quickly turned from GTA to another game and another and another and then i was back to gaming 15 hours a day. 😞 I know it can be different from person to person, but for me it was all or nothing, there seemed to be no middle ground.
  5. ketias

    Attempt #2

    thanks 🙂 The second time around here i at least know how easy it was to fall back again, before i was sure only an hour gaming wasn't going to hurt. This time around i know there is no such thing as "only an hour". 😛
  6. ketias

    Attempt #2

    we gotta fight those urges 🙂 Be strong!!!
  7. ketias

    Attempt #2

    weeks just fly by. today was the return of the gaming urges though, feel a bit under the weather, 0 energy and then the urges came to slack and play a game. trying to keep it off with watching a movie 😛 gotta make it.
  8. starting over in, attempty nr 2 🙂
  9. ketias

    Attempt #2

    oh my, i just realized its been a week already and without any urge to even play. i think before when i was trying to force myself into doing other stuff to pass the time, it didn't work out as planned. Now that i am just going about the day, doing whatever comes up, it feels much less overwhelming. 7 days down, 83 to go.
  10. It is my second attempt at quitting, where the first time failed, cause i tried to keep gaming to just weekends. But that quickly turned into all weekend, every day, all week, non stop.... Now im a week in again, but back then and now, i can see the early changes being that i tend to hangout more with family and friends, where i before would hangout for 30-45min and then start thinking of an excuse to go home, so i could play computer before the day was over (thought still being 8-12 left of the day) 😐 Other then that, its just the small things, like keeping the apartment looking good, before it was easy to say "naa ill do it tomorrow.....and then the next day, say the same thing", until i was expecting company and having to run around like a madman trying to clean up before they arrived hehe so in short, I have more time with family and friends and i have more time to get things done, rather than pushing them forward. 🙂
  11. ketias

    Attempt #2

    Thanks 😃 and good tip.
  12. ketias

    Attempt #2

    First attempt seemed to go great, but a dumb decision to try and just play on Sundays, quickly turned in to daily and then all day.... This time I won't get and force myself into new hobbies, which I think was part of me getting bored of it fast. I'll take a day at the time and see what interests present themselves. First focus is cleaning the apartment again, study for drivers licens, which failed and treats got to old due to gaming, so it's back to page 1 and Fitness.
  13. Yaa.... I failed 😭 Sick, bored, quick peep in a game.... A month later and roughly 6 hours a day, 15-16 in weekends.... Why must I do this to myself... 😢
  14. DAY 22 - Time I woke up: 05:00 AM Time I went to sleep yesterday: 11.00 PM Goals:  Making the apartment, presentable again. - In Progress! (pending new furniture) Drivers License - In Progress! Learning French - Getting in better shape - In Progress! Walk at least 6k steps per day 1h Fitness per day Start Playing Golf again Socialize Made a big mistake today, that almost had me reset to Day 0. I ended up logging into a game, in order to transfer a deed to some friends i used to play a game with, in order for them to not lose it, being in the middle of their town area. The transfer was not hard, i did it, logged out and deleted the game again, but all day i have had that damn game in my head, like "could i maybe keep it to just an hour....", missing the feeling of making stuff in the game. baaaaad cravings today and just proves to myself that not even a peep in a game, is a good idea. 😫
  15. nice 🙂 thanks for both suggestions.
  16. So gaming took a lot of time, making dinner took a lot of time. So its a no brainer (literally no brain 😛) to skip cooking dinner and just order a pizza and keep playing. So not that my brain started booting up again, i need some idea's for healthy meals. But being single i don't really feel like making any huge dinner, when its only myself and standing for an hour cooking for a single meal, is not where my energy level is at yet. So what are / what did you guys make ? 🙂 Any good idea's for "easy" and healthier meals, i hope to find some else then Chicken and rice hehe Gonna try make some more calculated meals, once i get some real work out started, but i gotta start somewhere. hehe
  17. As others said, technology is a big part of the lives we live today. So much is depending on having an internet access and even though its possible to drop it all, it may also limit your abilities to move on to something else. To Avoid gaming, an idea could maybe be to sell the gaming rigs and instead by a smaller PC not meant for gaming, Like a Laptop (non gaming), which basically has a crappy GFX, so its possible to surf and all that, but gaming is more or less impossible at an acceptable quality. It of course don't stop the ability to sit on youtube and other time suckers like that, but its a step in the right direction. I set my browser start page to Gamequitters, not to just keep an eye on things, but to give me a bad feeling if i open a browser ready to youtube or facebook 🙂 i will get Gamequitters in my face and think.. damn right, maybe i shouldn't 🙂 That being said, i think quitting gaming and such, requires that ability to actually have the ability in your reach somehow, to make you fight the urge to jump back into it. Just like a drug addict can quit using drugs, but they will always have the ability to get their hands on it, so they have to not just drop the ability to use, but also fight the urge to fall back into the addiction.
  18. I think there are a lot of members on here that come and go, many might not stick to quitting and leave after a few days. So like everything else in life, we need to just show ourselves and the more we show, we are willing to work for it, the more "interesting" we will be and the more attention we will get. 🙂 Writing in the Journal felt like a great start for me, it took a bit of posting on other posts and writing my updates and it got more and more attention. I feel now that i post an update and i get a like or a reply, either a question, suggestion or just a positive boost in my progress and even on days when i get no response it just makes me wanting to progress more and post the next day update, to share my progress. 🙂 Keep it up, keep fighting and if you ever feel like you're to isolated on here, feel free to reach out and ask for some helping hands. If it helps you sticking to the quitting, maybe we can even make a small support group on the forum here, helping each other by daily reading up on journal posts and commenting, just to keep eachother going forward. 🙂
  19. Thanks 🙂 ya the early wake up, have been part of my life for many years, due to work, i do find myself going to bed earlier, like around 10 PM. When i was gaming i had set my "bed time" to be at 10PM...... but it almost always quickly became 11PM....12PM....01AM and then up at 04AM..... terrible days, yawning all day long. i put my french learning a bit on hold, think i took a few to many things on, all at once. So i plan on finishing the drivers license study, before i start with French to really dedicate myself to it. Do wish to up the "getting in better shape" with real fitness in a center and not just at home. But thanks the gaming, im not good with many people around me like that. I feel it's all a competition and that everyone is judging me, for not looking buff already. On one side i know thats not what people thing and most likely no one in the center will even care what i do there, they just do their thing and mind their own business, but even if i tell myself that, i will go there.... sit at the weights or a machine... just see my pulse sky rocket, till i almost pass out and then just go home again. 😛 annoys the hell out of me. Which sends me to the next goal of better Socializing hehe, then maybe i can get some friends that workout, so i can move on to working out at a center 🙂 But one step at the time.
  20. DAY 20 - Time I woke up: 04:00 AM Time I went to sleep yesterday: 10.00 PM Goals:  Making the apartment, presentable again. - In Progress! (pending new furniture) Drivers License - In Progress! Learning French - Getting in better shape - In Progress! Walk at least 6k steps per day 1h Fitness per day Start Playing Golf again Socialize Minor setback in a way. Had my nephews over for the weekend, they brought their Nintendo Wii, so I played a little with them, but never been much of a console player, so I hope it won't affect my will to stay away from pc games. So far nothing 🙂 was fun to play with them though. So I agreed with myself that this did not fit in the category of real gaming 😇
  21. Ya i feel like there are stuff all around that reminds me of games, rather annoying 😛 hehe Thanks, will do 🙂 for now i am just going over the basics with duolingo
  22. DAY 14 - Time I woke up: 10:00 AM Time I went to sleep yesterday: 01.00 PM Goals:  Making the apartment, presentable again. - In Progress! Drivers License - In Progress! Learning French - In Progress! Getting in better shape - In Progress! Walk at least 6k steps per day 1h Fitness per day Start Playing Golf again Socialize a Weeks vacation was a bad idea. so much available time, so luring to play again. So ended up going to my grandparents summer house, bit cold there in the winter hehe but there is no internet and it was a nice week totally without internet access. 🙂 Back home again now and 2 days left of vacation. i can't say its become more easy, catch myself thinking about a game or what i should have tried in a game. It's not until you stop, you really realize how addictive it really is.
  23. DAY 8 - Time I woke up: 4:00 AM Time I went to sleep yesterday: 09.00 PM Goals:  Making the apartment, presentable again. - In Progress! Drivers License Learning French Getting in better shape - In Progress! Walk at least 6k steps per day 1h Fitness per day Start Playing Golf again Socialize Headache all day, blah.... but one way to stay away from the computer i guess. found out that i better put Instagram and facebook on the shelf to, since those seemed to be taking more and more time as well, now that there was no gaming. Last day at work tomorrow before a weeks vacation, to really get started on goals and test a full week, without work to distract me.
  24. I wake up early due to work 🙂 got far to work and early shifts. Counting steps with the Fitbit Charge 3 watch.
  25. DAY 7 - First week completed Time I woke up: 4:30 AM Time I went to sleep yesterday: 09.00 PM Goals:  Making the apartment, presentable again. - In Progress! Drivers License Learning French Getting in better shape - In Progress! Walk at least 6k steps per day 1h Fitness per day Start Playing Golf again Socialize First week completed. Was nice to get back to work, to keep part of the day busy with work. For the next weekend, i will have to start on some of the other goals and maybe set a few more to entertain the full weekend. Not much else to update, was a busy day with work and came home late due to a "light" snow storm and public transport 🙂
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