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  1. Goals · Reddit: Passed! Barely used reddit today. · Facebook: Passed! Didn’t go on Facebook at all today. · Instagram: Passed! Barely used IG today. · Browsing: Passed! Barely browsed much today. · Gaming: Passed! Didn’t play any video games today. Gratitude · I’m grateful that I had the willpower to complete this journal tonight. Actions · I watched Ilo Ilo with S while eating hot pot. · I watched several episodes of Chicago Med with S. · I’m going to sleep around 10:50 PM tonight. Insights · It’s getting harder and harder to motivate myself to complete Personal History as well as this journal each night without getting distracted.
  2. Goals · Reddit: Passed! Another day without mindlessly browsing reddit. · Facebook: Passed! Avoided Facebook again. · Instagram: Passed! Barely used IG today. · Browsing: Passed! Even though I did waste some time on Wikipedia, I feel that I basically avoided browsing mindlessly today. · Gaming: Passed! No games today! 100% Gratitude · I’m glad that I have such a great partner who’s willing to tolerate my flaws. · I’m grateful that I have enough time and energy to really examine what’s going on with my life. Actions · I published a post on reddit called “5 Ways to Sabotage Your Journey to Quit Gaming”. It is a collection of my lessons from over a decade of trying to quit playing video games. It felt good to share those lessons to others. · I listened to StarCraft II: Original Soundtrack on Spotify. · I read parts of Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West on Google Play Books. · I watched a couple of episodes of Chicago Med with my partner. · I watched a few episodes of Servant of the People while cooking dinner. · I wasted a bit of time on Wikipedia looking up information about Volodymyr Zelensky and his friends. ☹ · I tried to plan my future, but I didn’t have enough time to figure out how I should replace the time I spent gaming. · I made some small talk with a cashier at Metro today. I’m did that as part of the “Pathway to Happiness” program from UC Berkeley. Insights · I’m really sick of reading articles and publications on self-help, but not changing my life at all. Why didn’t my past attempts at improving my life work? One hypothesis is that I only focused on the things that I shouldn’t do rather than things that I could be doing instead. There’s not much happiness by just avoiding vices. I should focus on new passions as well. It seems like in the past, when I stopped gaming, I’d just replace the time I spent on gaming with YouTube or Twitch. · I need to replace video games (and other digital distractions) with other forms of “flow”. What’s a good candidate for that? · “We can only achieve quantum improvements in our lives as we quit hacking at the leaves of attitude and behaviour and get to work on the root, the paradigms from which our attitudes and behaviours flow.” What does this mean? What’s a paradigm?
  3. My first formal journal entry: Gratitude · I got the teen burger today at A&W. It was on sale, so I took advantage of the opportunity. · I am glad that my wife is sleeping with my son right now. This gives me the chance to write this journal. · Thank you, Game Quitters, for inspiring me to write this journal. Good I did well by not wasting time on video games, social media, and YouTube. Bad I wish I was less distracted tonight when I was writing this journal. I got into a small and pointless argument on Facebook Messenger with a friend. I shouldn’t have bothered to check Messenger if I had planned to focus on writing this journal. Insight I’ve never been someone who was into writing journals. However, looking back, I wish I knew what I was thinking the night before I installed StarCraft II. I wish I knew what I was thinking on those days when I skipped classes. I think if I had more insight into my life much earlier, then I could have worked on my problems instead of hiding away from them.
  4. I'm almost 10 years older than you and we're at the same stage. I hope you succeed! I wish I did as well when I'm only 22.
  5. This is my nth attempt at quitting video games. I wrote a post on r/StopGaming. I noticed the suggestion about keeping track of a journal so here I am. I will repost of my post here. I didn't think of choosing the same username here and on reddit. I'll try to update this journal on a regular basis though I'm not sure if I can commit to doing it once a day!