DaBest 809 Posted May 29, 2019 Author Share Posted May 29, 2019 Day 30 (30 day streak) 100% gaming and gaming-content free for a month! Woo! The ways things were going before those 30 days, I can't say I was very confident about the chances of this happening. This past month has probably been one of my lowest months ever for time spent on unproductive stuff on the internet. Gaming was and still is a huge pathway that leads me down the rabbit hole. I think the single factor which has made the biggest difference this time is the use of content/screen time blockers. It's like training wheels, yeah I know, but I can't tell you how many times I impulsively type in the address of some time waste of a website without even realizing what I'm doing. I think this next month I'll focus more on substitution and mood control. My moods have been very swingy recently as I have had a lot of very good reasons to be stressed out and I can't self-medicate nearly as adequately as I used to. I need to learn to turn down the negative emotions quite a bit because the noise from all the anxiety is drowning out some of the signal from things I need to stay focused on. It's time to cue up some more meditation and more journaling. For substitution, I need to make sure I'm not substituting for sports again, which I am starting to, and that I'm substituting for things that help improve my situation and reduce long-term stress. I'm thinking for the next 30 days at least, I'll block all remaining sports sites on my computer as a start. Most everything is blocked on my phone already. I'll have to devise a way to restrict my Google searches though, as I've been using that as a minor workaround for the current system I have set up. Speaking of the next month, work is going to run my life this next month if I'm not careful. I work the next 12 days, and have to come in early or stay late for at least half of those. I'm also an emergency contact for my site for the next month, so I can't go far away and I get to take stupid calls at 3 AM! Yes! And then when I'm done with that I have a few big projects coming up. A+. Anyway, last month was rough, but useful. This month might also be rough, but as long as it's useful too then I guess I'm okay with that. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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