We love video games. We do. I know it’s not just me. In fact, I’m pretty sure that video gaming is now the number one leisure time activity around the world. Seems pretty strange to me, being from a generation that didn’t have much in the way of computerized games when I was a kid, but hey, who am I to complain, right? I love ’em. Heck I listed “Play more video games” in my “Why Get Things Done?” post.
As much as I love video games they are probably the biggest detriment to me getting things done and staying productive. As you can imagine this can be quite a problem. They’re a “life” danger to my work/life balance. Anyone play World of Warcraft? If so you probably know what I mean…
Since I enjoy playing games, and in large part they are a great stress reliever and a welcome release from work and such, I’ve come up with a few productivity tips for those who love to play games. I’ve been using these for awhile now and they seem to be working out well.
* Set aside time to play. Make a “play date” if you will. This keeps you from just picking up a controller willy-nilly.
* Rent. I find that if I buy games I tend to want to make sure I get “the most” out of them, whatever that means. I feel almost guilty if I don’t play to the end. Kind of defeats the purpose.
* Play the “easy” version. This can be huge. It’s usually just as fun, probably less frustrating, and it takes less time.
* Play when you know you’ll have to stop. Like an hour before you’ve got to go somewhere.
* Don’t play at night after everyone has gone to bed. This is a hard one to do, as it’s the best time to just play, but if you’re like me, this can keep you up all night. I still do this, I just try and do it less often. I need my sleep to be productive.
* Don’t let yourself feel guilty for bailing out of online play. If you’re tired or have something to do, just buck up and bail. Keep in mind the folks on the other side of the lines are probably 16 years old, don’t work and have nothing better to do. (Actually, they probably aren’t 16, have a job, do have something better to do and are probably just like you, but if you pretend they aren’t, it’s easier to get away!)
Anyone else have any tips for gamers wanting to be more productive?