Bonus Habit #1 – No Video Games for 30 Days

I decided to make the 30 days of discipline program even more challenging for myself by adding in a bonus habit I’ll need to be VERY disciplined about!

Due to the fact that I’m trying to be productive and maintain many of the 12 habits of discipline over the next month I’ve decided to also completely stop playing video games for 30 days.

Over in my Introduction post I mentioned this:

No Video Games for 30 days – Yup, you read that right. No playing video games for a whole 30 days. I actually did this last year successfully which was a huge accomplishment for me seeing as I am an avid gamer and play games with most of my friends on a regular basis. You can actually see how many hours over the past 11 years I have spent playing games over at Steam Gauge. – “Over the last , you’ve spent 2631.8 hours playing this selection, which includes 296 items, is valued at $3924.67, and requires 1749.1 GB”

So what was my life like “before” when I did play video games ALL the time?

I’ve grown up always loving games, my friends were the same way. I won’t dive into tons of detail but from reading the above statistics it’s obvious I love games and spend a lot of time playing them. I’ve played MMO’s like World Of Warcraft and Everquest which have taken up vast amounts of time from my life. Do I regret it? Not entirely, there were lots of fun times had playing games like that years ago.

Today I’m almost 30 and it’s time to focus more on what’s important and less on time sinking activities. Before starting this challenge I still played quite often but not anywhere near as much as I did growing up in my teens and early 20’s. I still like to get together with friends on weekends and play games on a Saturday or Sunday over a small LAN. Even to do this day it’s still one of the most entertaining things I get to do when I have free time.

Why give them up for 30 days?

The main reason is time and my drive to start my eCommerce business. I want to start being successful as an online seller and that won’t happen if I spend my weekends playing games, so beyond getting normal tasks done I can now dedicate some of my time to building this side business.

Check out this video where I talk about games and how they have effected me over the years:

Check back after November 20th and see how much of a difference stopping video games made for me.


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