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Day zero. Removed every game from the computer, wrote intro on this forum and signed up for Respawn. Even filled worksheet 1.

Instead of playing Diablo I:

a) solved my math tasks (have not used math since college and now I need it for professional education so now I take lessons to regain math knowledge);

b) wrote a letter about potential chance to become a trainer as a side-job, and I like to teach

It's pretty good day and I've finished the most urgent tasks. If I am a good boy tomorrow, I'll be able to finish all overdue tasks. That's my big goal for tomorrow.

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Hey man, welcome to the forum! Great job redirecting your time and energy to something productive and fulfilling. Best of luck on your journey!

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Day one.

Not a very productive day, I had to drink coffee to wake my brain up, and the rest of the day has been slow. I've finished a few small tasks though.

I had a few game related thoughts but they were silly. Something like "but you can finish your legendary quest line in wow" or "you have not seen each storyline in swtor". But for me it sounds like "you have not tried dying of overdose". I don't want to try any of these.

My cat helps a great deal, when I pet him my brain gets rid of all game thoughts, that's some real cat magic :)

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Day two. Today has been the day to see how much I am addicted to video games. My mood has shown more aerobatics than a typical airshow :-D
 It has been up and down and any side possible. I was able to keep more or less online-games-sober for the last two years so the effect comes from usual "safe" video games. So I'm really happy for my decision to get rid of all of them.

So I've had a few unpleasant hours but fortunately I have some mood related food supplements so now I'm fine. Also I've got a new toy, Raspberry Pi 3, that's a very small computer, now I'm trying to load Linux on it. I've attached a pic.

And finally I've got my car back from service. I don't use it much but I like to be able to go driving around the city any night.

raspberry-pi-wifi-3.jpg

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I had a car accident a few days ago. I'm ok but looks like I need a new car. The bright side is that I was unable to think about games for a few days.

I've got a beta invite this Saturday and I installed that game just to uninstall it 10 minutes later. It was so boring.

Actually the worst thing for the previous week was that my coffee maker broke. I ordered a new one but they'll deliver it in a few days. But finally I'm getting fully automatic coffee machine and that makes me happy because I need coffee right after I wake up. I suppose I'll quit drinking coffee at some point but right now I need it as lesser evil.

Also I got one of the reasons for my video game addiction - for some reason I hate weekends. I like work days and I make huge plans for weekend but when I get there - everything is boring and I wait for the Monday to come.

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Hey Alexey!

That's good to hear you're fine from accident and video games too!

Coffee is not so bad if you drink it once a day! Remember that it removes magnesium from your organism, so it's good to eat anything with magnesium to maintain homeostasis in your body like dark chocolate. Trust me, I'm future pharmacist!

By the way, remember that most things in our life appears in cycles: like day and night, seasons, etc. Same with workdays and weekends - and it's pretty useful if you like both of them and know what to do with them instead of gaming. Especially weekends are important - I got to work 14 hours a day for a months without any breaks, and now I have to deal with neurosis. And also learn how to not only work, but also resrt effectively.

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Here I am again. Life has so much for me that I have no time to write to the diary :) Have not run a game since April 23rd and I doubt I'll do it anytime soon. When I have a boring moment I still have thoughts about video games but they vanish pretty quickly. Also I've started participating in programming contests again and that's way better competition than MMORPGs. Now I'm going to watch a couple cartoon episodes and then to go to bed - it's volunteering weekend and tomorrow have to start at 5 am :)

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Hmmm, looks like a year passed. Quick summary for it:

  • 1 month wasted in one game but fortunately vacation broke the habit
  • ~10 evenings in another game spread over the year which is OK, and that's it for the sad part
  • had 3 vacations, visited 9 cities, 6 of which for the first time in life
  • conducted my first 2-day training
  • doing my job better than anytime in the last 5 years
  • got new diver certification, Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • learned to cook Thai food

Now I have a big goal set (I don't want to discuss details until it's done) and I need all the energy I can get. So I'm going to repeat the Respawn to clear the remaining game addiction issues.

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extended summary :)

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Welcome back Alexey!

It's good to see you didn't spend the whole year playing video games!

Are you going to make your entries here more systematically? :)

Greetings, Mad Pharmacist

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Thoughts from yesterday.

It's possible to cut some time playing games when you think you waste your time. But then you get to some limit, say 2-4 hours a day which seems pretty ok to waste on video games. And you need really strong why to keep going after that.

Now I need another valuable resource - energy. I'd say that I have 15-16 hours of awake time but I have 6-8 hours of productive time at good days and 2-4 hours at worse days. And it's more than enough for a nice and interesting life. But when games come in, even with 2-4 hours a day, they eat that very productive time. And sometimes they leave you with just a couple of productive hours per day, and sometimes with zero, and pretty often with less than zero. And less than zero means that you'd need more rest and that remaining hours would be deducted from next day.

And the quest for energy is what fuels me this time.

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Had just a couple of thoughts about games this week. It was really a busy week. Quick summary of useful thoughts:

1) Energy

Gaming takes a lot of energy.
Work takes energy first but then fills you back. Don't really know how this works but I feel the best in the evening after the most busy days. Of course, sometimes I'm just plain tired but the energy quickly returns the next day.
Learning takes even more energy than gaming. And at first it's not rewarding. But then (in my case I was watching a professional conference for a couple of days) I see that I'm better at something than most people. So learning is like converting energy to confidence with some lag.

2) Games are boring

I've read quite a few LitRPGs for the last year. And it was great for me. The reason is that when I feel the urge to play, I recall what is it like and then compare it to LitRPG ideas. And it's like eating a potato after reading about all the best world deserts for the whole day. I just don't want that ugly potato :)

3) I got some money for a project and then I tried to spend them on something cool. I spent a few hours thinking about what do I want and then imagining getting it and estimating the level of fun. I ordered one book that I wanted to buy. And then all the next ideas were too boring. The fun/price ratio was too low. So I went to sleep. And the next morning my brain gave me pretty clear answer. Just getting the answer felt great.

So now I have a new hobby - sketching. I've chosen some inexpensive markers and pencils to start, a couple of "complete noob's guide"s. And I have the time of my life doing it. I think that's the key now — I don't set some high goals, my goal is one page of drawing per day.

(And it's cool how all things are related. Watching my first 5 videos game me a lot of ideas on improving my photography. Something that is not obvious in photography is a commonplace in sketching.)

Stay tuned for the more updates :)

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That has been the busy week. And the month has been busy too.

But at least it's worth it. 36 days detox and keep on counting. Hmm, 36 days is 10% of the year. That's WOW for me.

I've got occasional gaming urges but it has very little to do with the games. It usually means that there's some task I don't want that blocks the future tasks. Or I have no idea on what to do next. I have no urges when I'm resting.

And I wonder where did I take so much time as to game. I barely can do my average day plan half of the days. And I have to choose fun activities every day because there are pretty much of them and not that much of my time.

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Hmm, 36 days is 10% of the year. That's WOW for me.

Wow for me, too. I've never thought about that... All I had been thinking during my first try (which lasted 45 days) was 'haaa... when do I reach 90 days....'

It's good to hear when people in this forum saying that they're having busy days! Keep it up!

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Hm, looks like another month passed by. It's 65 day now. Way easier. The hardest part was to say "I'm in trouble and I need to get rid of gaming completely". Now every day is better. Though sometimes I catch myself gaming and in a few seconds realize that it's a dream. Have not played a single minute while awake for the whole time :-D

Now targeting 90 days.

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