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  1. Discipline Equals Freedom All of Jocko's books are great
  2. Day Whatever, stopped counting at 30 My attitude feels like it is adjusted and I feel confident that I'm not going to fall into the bad patterns again. On further analysis it appears that Twitch was a major trigger and getting rid of that keeps from being called back in to binge gaming. I also deleted my Discord account for the hell of it. I barely used it and mostly it was used for gaming stuff anyway. The fundamental problem: life is hard. You fail a lot, you progress SLOWLY, you feel ashamed of things you probably shouldn't, everything is so fucking awkward at first, you can
  3. I think the important thing is that you are conscious of your gametime and you actively moderate it. Gaming can be treated like dessert. Possible to enjoy occasionally but causes problems if you indulge in it to the detriment of your other objectives. As long as you don't let it become your "default" activity and you stay away from games that have mechanics that are intended to induce compulsive behavior you should be OK. Basically avoid any f2p game and any online multiplayer, except if you play those only with friends and always set pre-determined time limits.
  4. Day 30 I guess this is supposed to be a major milestone but it feels like any other day. Its >30 days ago I uninstalled battle.net and steam from my work comp and decided to stay away from gaming media. Quitting Twitch cold turkey was definitely harder than not gaming but it was the right move as that had pulled me back more than anything else during previous dry periods. I'll miss the connections I made with the streamers and viewers but I just need to replace those with a better connection to my family and my local com
  5. I don't believe couch co-op is nearly as much of a problem as single player solo grinding. For one thing there are logistic issues involved with getting people together to do anything so there are external limitations. It really depends on your mindset and purpose. If you are dragging your reluctant friends/relatives along just so you have a pretext to game when you know you shouldn't then you should probably stop. Same if you are using the gaming date as an excuse to procrastinate other activities. At the same time if it is something they like doing and you are joining them and having
  6. good luck on your journey! In my opinion single-player story-based games aren't nearly as bad as online multiplayer. But be cautious about roguelites (binding of isaac) because of the draw of going for the "perfect run" and of continuous progression "grinding" games like Path of Exile or Diablo. The steady increase in character wealth/power and the slot-machine rewards systems can trigger compulsive behavior.
  7. Day 26 This week was rougher than usual. Broke a toe on monday so I didn't work out. I know that is just an excuse and there are exercises I can do without using those body parts. But I don't think giving myself a few days off to focus on healing is the worst thing in the world. Also got some dental work done wednesday so I couldn't eat solids for one day and had a hard time with it for a couple of days. Again not good excuses but I didn't feel great and let myself slack. The call of gaming was pretty strong thursd
  8. good job holding the line, keep stuff scheduled so you have things to do a reading list might also help with books on deck so you don't run out being productive costs energy and willpower so those have to be built up over time like exercising muscles, make sure you let yourself do non-productive activities that aren't gaming so you have "rest periods"
  9. Always will be good days and bad days. I found completely avoiding game related media definitely helps prevents cravings. It seems like it isn't the game itself that is the draw but being a part of a "community". I disabled my twitch account and even through some streamers are great people and worthy of support I can't let myself go back there until I get the rest of my life in order.
  10. I wouldn't go cold turkey alongside no gaming, particularly if you are going hard mode. Instead give yourself whatever you think is a reasonable limit, once a day, once a week, no porn, only softcore, only still pictures, whatever you consider to be moderating. Focus on one vice at a time, eventually you will get to all of them 🙂
  11. Day 20 Time flies. Everything seems to work. I don't even think about my no-gaming progress. Just keeping busy is enough. I started using a bullet journal app and it seems to be working for keeping things on track. Whenever I don't know what to do I quickly glance at it work on another task, either repeating like language learning or one I scheduled for the day. I can watch my children children play games and I don't feel the "call". Recently they started Minecraft Dungeon which is "baby's first ARPG" but they ar
  12. One thing I learned is that the goal of exercise isn't to push yourself as hard as you can, but to push yourself as hard as you can WHILE still fully recovering for your next exercise session, even if that means letting up when you had more gas in the tank on any particular day Its a transition from short term thinking to long term thinking that goes well with the decision to moderate your gaming
  13. welcome and good luck on your journey