I quit video games for a month.

I quit video games for a month.

I realized that WEEKENDS ARE LONG
But Karan, isn’t time an illusion? Shut up, Kyle.

In case you’re wondering why I decided to quit video games for a month, here’s why.

My first weekend without Dota was really slow. I wasn’t feeling very productive so I just wanted to do nothing. And boy was that fun…NOT. I browsed through 10s of youtube videos without much care. I was trying to find something to entertain myself, my theory is that my brain was used to the dopamine spike over the weekends after/before a game. And no amount of Avengers end game theory videos seemed to match a game of Dota 2. 

Now coming to the last weekend, it was really productive, I managed to complete an online course, got done a few chores that were long overdue. No, quitting a video game will make not you Warren Buffet(unless you’re already Warren Buffet?)
I think… momentum was key here – as I got done with the course, I was still in the mood to tick things off my checklist, I had no distractions. And this momentum helped me get shit done.

I have to admit, the first two weekends? I really did miss the game. The last weekends – not so much, why? Because I had committed my time to something else. Which tells me, one way to break a habit is to not completely get rid of it or go cold turkey. Instead, you must find a better habit to replace your bad habit. Something that is equally indulging. Meaning, if you’re not a runner, it would be hard for you to get rid of your Netflix addiction by running a few miles. However, if you like reading books, maybe you should do that. 

Also, another important note – I remember the first two weekends, I had steam open(steam is a platform where games like Dota 2 exist – and they have a feature that notifies you any time one of your friends are online/playing Dota). And the last two weekends – steam wasn’t open.
Which makes me think, did I feel a craving because of the notifications? As I was mindlessly watching clips on youtube, I would be visited by multiple steam pop-ups letting me know a friend of mine was playing Dota 2. Me not opening steam in the last two weekends was not intentional. I was too caught up with other things that it never came to my mind. Hmm. What are your thoughts? Do you think your screen time usage would go down if you were to turn off notifications on your phone?

I played my first game in 30 days yesterday, and it was fun. Now, I’m not gonna tell you how I started noticing tiny details that had previously gone unnoticed. But, the game was fun, the game served as an excellent mood booster..and nevermind, this guy just called me a pighead.

One nugget you should take away from this 400 words blog post is – if you truly want to appreciate something, try to live without it for 30 days. It could be anything like a simple video game or your mobile phone or water… Okay, I’m kidding obviously don’t go 30 days without your phone, that’s madness. 

Will I try this challenge once again?
Yes. It has helped me straighten my relationship with video games. Doing chores is not as fun as playing video games, agreed…but it’s important. Any time I feel that the game is in control of me and not the other way round, I intend to do a 30 day reset.

P.S: In case you haven’t noticed, I just completed a few goals from my #MeBefore2020 list, here’s the link again.

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