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11/09/16     

Well, today I just got to my office to start chipping away at my backlogged work.  I'm glad I erased everything off of my Consoles before I left yesterday otherwise I would most likely be playing instead of making a journal entry.  The sooner I get these consoles sold, the better.  Oh by the way, guess why I have 2 consoles...  Because I quit before and gave a console to my friend.  Then when I was "jonesing" to play I stopped by Frys and bought a new one.  When I signed in my friend couldn't use my games anymore so he returned it. Doh! Should have stuck to my guns.  Iv'e been watching the videos and I'm reading Respawn.  I'm looking forward to being "detoxed" ... and catching up on my office work. 

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Hey Craig! Great job starting your journal. I know you'll find it valuable if you stick with it. Also, thanks for purchasing Respawn - means a lot. :)

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Getting rid of games and consoles is a very wise decision. You will not be distracted by them, which lowers chances for relapse. Also, this gives you money to invest in a new hobby perhaps?

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Nice to have you here Craig, look forward to seeing your journey - are you doing the 90 day detox?

Thanks! I am doing the detox but more in the hopes that I never pick up a game again.  

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Getting rid of games and consoles is a very wise decision. You will not be distracted by them, which lowers chances for relapse. Also, this gives you money to invest in a new hobby perhaps?

Nobody has bought them yet, so they are sitting there tempting me.  Kind of like being on a diet and your friend orders a pizza. Today is gonna be rough haha. I have some hobbies lined up for when I catch up on my office work. I am also planning to start exercising again as well

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07/11/16

So today is pretty hard.  It's really the first day that I sat down in the situation where I would normally convince myself to play some online multiplayer.  The consoles are still sitting over by the wall staring at me.  I did schedule a service call this morning and actually made some money which is good (I own an electric company.)  I'm gonna buckle down and hopefully get myself in the swing of my office work.  Blerg. Wish me luck. 

And of course, a new DLC is released tomorrow.  Time to unsubscribe from email lists.  

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07/11/16

So today is pretty hard.  It's really the first day that I sat down in the situation where I would normally convince myself to play some online multiplayer.  The consoles are still sitting over by the wall staring at me.  I did schedule a service call this morning and actually made some money which is good (I own an electric company.)  I'm gonna buckle down and hopefully get myself in the swing of my office work.  Blerg. Wish me luck. 

And of course, a new DLC is released tomorrow.  Time to unsubscribe from email lists.  

Yep unsubscribe. You've got this :)

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Its hard because games often provide us with our feelings of fun, social, community and challenge.

So when we quit we need to find replacements for all of those things.

Work is a good distraction but we also need to find fun things to do which aren't games. Find oeople who dont game etc etc. 

 

Keep up the good work.

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These consoles are staring at you, because you are stronger and they can't do anything with your ongoing change!

Greetings, Piotr.

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7/12/16

Thanks for the replies @play_time_is_over and @Piotr.  

So I ended up watching a movie on Netflix during work yesterday.  I did, however, get back to work when it was over.  That is something I never do when I'm gaming because there is no real definitive end to online multiplayer.  So I'm not too disappointed with that decision. As long as I don't start a second movie... 

I had Black Ops 3 dreams last night.  My brain is definitely trying to work something out.  I've already caught myself trying to justify plugging in a console this morning. "By the time the game downloads and installs, I can have a bunch of work done" etc.  Don't worry, it's still by the wall staring at me. :)

It looks like I'm on the way to catching up on my data entry.  I'm hoping to get to invoicing and change orders by the end of the day.  Here we go! 

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Dreams are normal, albeit weird. I get them after breakups a lot too. ¬¬

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Dreams can be weird, but it's normal. You should worry if your dreams will be normal. :D

If you spent ton of time on something, then your brain is programmed to remember it. However your memories can become forgotten if you'll give enough time. :)

Greetings, Mad Pharmacist.

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7/13/16

I got a lot of work done yesterday.  It was, however, a constant craving to play.  I powered through like back in school when I put off doing my research paper until the last minute.  The tricky thing is what ti I do when I'm caught up with my work? I have a list of other things to do but... It will be way easy to justify a gaming session.

I just have to make sure the consoles are sold by then.  Aak. 

The problem with my Detox/Recovery that I can forsee in the future is the fact that I really have no time for a new hobby where I "get out there" and "meet new people."  I own a company which is busy work and when I get home, I'm needed by my wife and kids. The weekends are filled with home projects and family time.  I felt that gaming was my only escape because I could squeeze it in and not leave the office.  That obviously does not work for me. 

Any suggestions of ways to fill the entertainment void?  I'm afraid that if I do work, home, work, home etc.  that I will eventually fall back to gaming for escape. 

Well of to my next power through session. Thanks for listening. 

 

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7/13/16

I got a lot of work done yesterday.  It was, however, a constant craving to play.  I powered through like back in school when I put off doing my research paper until the last minute.  The tricky thing is what ti I do when I'm caught up with my work? I have a list of other things to do but... It will be way easy to justify a gaming session.

I just have to make sure the consoles are sold by then.  Aak. 

The problem with my Detox/Recovery that I can forsee in the future is the fact that I really have no time for a new hobby where I "get out there" and "meet new people."  I own a company which is busy work and when I get home, I'm needed by my wife and kids. The weekends are filled with home projects and family time.  I felt that gaming was my only escape because I could squeeze it in and not leave the office.  That obviously does not work for me. 

Any suggestions of ways to fill the entertainment void?  I'm afraid that if I do work, home, work, home etc.  that I will eventually fall back to gaming for escape. 

Well of to my next power through session. Thanks for listening. 

@wookieshark88 might have a few suggestions as someone who's been in a similar position. I have a few ideas to relax without gaming here. Things like reading, listening to podcasts, developing a new skill like learning a new language or an instrument are common ones. This thread also has a list of activities to do at home.

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It sounds like you need an activity for your down time in the office.  I would try different activities that not only can provide you with entertainment, but also (and more importantly) provide you with happiness.  Those are very different things.  I have been entertained for 12 to 14 hour gaming binges yet unhappy the entire time.  Here are my suggestions:

  1. Meditate.  I use the headspace app and love it.  It has a ten day free trial.  It's 10 minutes, once a day, for 10 days.  I can go into how I benefited if you want.
  2. Draw.  I have a book called "Art Before Breakfast" that is all about learning how to sketch in very short intervals.  I can tell you that your progress and satisfaction with this will grow with constant practice.
  3. Play/learn and instrument.  I don't have to be loud.  An electric guitar can be used with headphones for example.
  4. Go for a walk.  I love my lunchtime walks.
  5. Ask coworkers how they are doing.  Listen to them talk and practice being interested in their lives.  Some people may be intolerable to listen to, but it's certainly a minority of them.  I practice this myself because it's not natural for me at all.
  6. Call your family/sibling/parents.  If you feel like you wish you could talk to them more, this is a great opportunity.
  7. Catch up on the news.  Just be careful about wasting a ton of time online.  You can strike up conversations with people about current events too.
  8. Journal.  Obviously, you're doing a good job with your journal on here, but maybe you want to write down stuff that you don't want online.  I do this sporadically.
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