Mohammad

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I started to quit gaming forever. I did it before, but I never managed to keep it up. It usually lasts for few days and then, I get back to my gaming habits. I hope this website and all the instructions help me to get over. I will post my daily progress, and will share it here if I play again!

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Excited to see you go far in this journey! You are making the first step towards that! Now comes building towards it! It's gonna be rough at the start but I know you can find a way to preserve! 

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Hey/Salaam Mohammed

Happy to have you here! Will follow along. I've tried quitting games for 10 years straight. Aside from a good stint of a year or so, this forum and posting regular updates has been the best abstinence I've done from games. So it's really worth your time to invest in posting here.

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2nd day:

I resisted the urge to play games because I knew I am going to post my journal here and I didn't want to give up this early! so, yes, writing journal does its job! I feel some people are watching my progress, so I don't want to disappoint them!

Today, I had more time to spend with my son, and focus a little bit more on my study. I forgot to mention that I am doing a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering.

I used a software to block games that I play so there is no way I can play on my laptop unless I force my wife to give me the password! The software is "instal-block" from bash software. I found this method more effective than removing game accounts. Removing game accounts will force me to start new games which will worsen the condition I believe! 

 

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Tonight, I felt a very strong urge to play few games. I even turned on my laptop and tried to bypass the install-block software, but I couldn't. Yea, definitely, that software is a must! And guess what? Instead of playing, I spent about an hour or two on my thesis unless otherwise I would playing games until the morning as always!

 

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I'm glad the blocker is helping. It's a good crutch to use at the beginning. It's also a good opportunity to practice mindfulness and let the feeling pass instead of letting it over-power you.

I've found with myself that if I use an external preventor, I don't actually change in my dependence on games and will just channel that dependence onto something else.

But external tools can be a great tool to get you out of the woods and started on your detox. So good luck!

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3rd day:

 

I had again a lot of craving for playing, but I couldn't play as games are blocked by a software! I wasted alot of my time procrastinating while studying. For that reason, I got an app called "Productivity challenge Timer" which forces me to work for 25 mins straight. There are some ranks in the app as you continue being productive, the app rewards you by unlocking new ranks for you. My goal is to reach the maximum rank during the 90-day detox.

Today, I spent two hours biking and taking photos with my DSLR. I am learning photography using lynda.com. The lessons are great, and I think photography might be a replacement for gaming. I will try to go out for an hour every day to take some photos. It is also a good exercise.

Due to gaming, my sleeping habit is changed. I have to fix this too. I am sleeping usually at 2 a.m. and woke up very late in the morning! I will try to fix this problem probably later as it is frustrating to deal with all the problems simultaneously.

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I love that app, used it before too. I could never stay consistent with the pomodorro timer, unfortunately. But it's a great tool and if you're using it, great!

Outdoor activities are the best. I do gardening on the roof and it helps me a lot to be out in the sun and enjoying the fresh air instead of being cooped up inside next to a computer screen.

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4TH DAY:

I still experience craving and a little bit of boredom! Thanks to the software blocker, I cannot play! The craving stays for a couple of hours and then disappears.

I went outside for a half hour to take some photos. I spent some time on lynda.com to learn photography.

I worked for about two hours on my thesis which is surely not enough! It is still difficult for me to be more productive! 

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5th & 6thday:

 

I started enjoying Photography alot as a replacement for gaming. I think that is why I didn't have any craving in the last two days. We had a scheduled power outage yesterday so I am posting in the 6th day. I am not yet productive! I have to work harder on my thesis.

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7th day:

 

Thankfully, I got so into photography that I totally forgot about gaming! Isn't that weird! My wife says I cannot do anything in moderation! I think as Cam said in one of his videos, my brain is adapted to high stimulation esp. because I used to play intense games very competitively. It seems that photography is able to stimulate my brain in a way that gaming doesn't even cross my mind! Well, taking nice photos and post it online on social apps, I get some satisfaction. This satisfaction is the replacement of the satisfaction that I used to receive by winning in games. Still not spending enough time on my thesis and procrastinating alot. I need to focus more on my work!

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