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I will stop playing video games, watch porn, etc for 1 month.

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I really enjoy playing video games, and usually play a few hours a day. I know many of you will think "what a F*cking sidewalker", thats ok, I dont need your blessing.
Anyways, I have never gone cold turkey and removed myself from all instant gratification over a long time. So thats exactly what im gonna do.

For 1 month starting today I will not play any video games, watch any porn, buy takeout for convenience sake.

I will still use my social media to communicate with my friends, but scrolling is failing. Thursdays i play dnd, which i see as more of a social event than me having fun. Its the most interraction i get during the week aside from clients, so ill keep doing that
The purpose isnt to be a monk, but rather remove easy-outs for a while.

The goal of this experiment is to see how my brain reacts to it, and hopefully have some really productive weeks.

If you also want to join, feel free to! Join in the comments and let me know your feelings about it.
 

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I encourage you to have a plan for what to do with the time. Your odds of success are much greater if you substitute meaningful physical and mental activity into those wasted time slots: hit the gym, run, work on your biz, etc.
 

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Good luck, this is just a thought, but won't it be easier to stop doing one thing at a time and establishing a habit, rather than bite off more than you can chew?
 

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Good luck, this is just a thought, but won't it be easier to stop doing one thing at a time and establishing a habit, rather than bite off more than you can chew?
With that in mind, I also recommend reading Atomic Habits. What a great way to spend the extra time you're gaining.
 

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I know many of you will think "what a F*cking sidewalker"
We are not here to judge. This forum is full of people with good intentions, don't assume anything until you read the answers to this thread.

Talking from experience, going from hours of a bad habit to suddenly ZERO is not the way to go if your goal is to get rid of this habit for good. Try reducing first. Unless your goal is only to test your discipline.

As always, make the decision that is best according to your long term goals. I also recommend Atomic Habits, a great read!
 

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Talking from experience, going from hours of a bad habit to suddenly ZERO is not the way to go if your goal is to get rid of this habit for good. Try reducing first. Unless your goal is only to test your discipline.
I agree. How about putting in long hours for work/skill then enjoy an hour of gaming after all that shit is taken care of. No effort, no gaming. It's not video games which stop you, it's your bad habits. Gaming will go and something else will come I know this from experience.

And maybe it sounds obvious but how about ditching the porn for good and trying to talk to real girls. It might be a bad advice depending on where you live though.
 

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A quick an effecicient book that would fit that challenge is The Compound Effect. It's a small book that's really straight to the point, from the creator of the SUCCESS magazine.

Execute on a business idea to fill up your free time. That's what I've been doing. Keep going, make an MVP and then make it available for potentiel customers. Give it a try.
 
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I encourage you to have a plan for what to do with the time. Your odds of success are much greater if you substitute meaningful physical and mental activity into those wasted time slots: hit the gym, run, work on your biz, etc.
I have lots to do! No worries there :)
 
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Good luck, this is just a thought, but won't it be easier to stop doing one thing at a time and establishing a habit, rather than bite off more than you can chew?
I dont think so. If i cut it all off there will be less temptation to go 5 more minutes or procrastinate. I dont know though.
 
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We are not here to judge. This forum is full of people with good intentions, don't assume anything until you read the answers to this thread.

Talking from experience, going from hours of a bad habit to suddenly ZERO is not the way to go if your goal is to get rid of this habit for good. Try reducing first. Unless your goal is only to test your discipline.

As always, make the decision that is best according to your long term goals. I also recommend Atomic Habits, a great read!
Its definetly a dicipline test, also a brain experiment.
Sorry if i seem cynical or defensive. I really respect many people here, which is why i bother posting. im sure people will contribute with a constructive comment here and there.

Ive read atomic habbits and a few similar, thanks for the reccomendation
 

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Good stuff @Creep keep us updated on your progress, like @Ernman said make sure you replace thouse habbits with good ones.
When i was kicking off PC games my main reason to relaps was because i had nothing to replace it.

A tip for not scrolling on FB is blocking the facebook feed compleetly with a chrome extention:


Im sure you can find the same for other brousers too if you use them.
 

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What happens at the end of the month?

Do you filter some activity back in but more controlled? eg I will only play video games on a day/s between hours.

After all if you enjoy it I can't think why you would want to cut it out completely.

Switching off is a good ting for the brain to clear itself up. I like reading a fiction book or walking in nature for this rather than video games or TV but anything is as good as the other.

Dan
 

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What happens at the end of the month?

Do you filter some activity back in but more controlled? eg I will only play video games on a day/s between hours.

After all if you enjoy it I can't think why you would want to cut it out completely.

Switching off is a good ting for the brain to clear itself up. I like reading a fiction book or walking in nature for this rather than video games or TV but anything is as good as the other.

Dan
The reason I quit Gaming cold turkey is I find it so addictive, furthermore its not productive in any way and you wont get any smarter/RL skills finishing/playing x amount of games.(although if WW3 ever breaks out i would be a killer General XD)

But hey this is just my experince
 

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As Ernman said, you deffinetly need other activities to replace your old habits!

Think of productive activities that will move you closer to your goals.

I also suggest you go for 90 days instead of 30 days, but take it one step at a time!

Best,
Champion
 

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I also suggest you go for 90 days instead of 30 days, but take it one step at a time!
After 30 days he should have realized that gaming really isn't useful in his life, considering all the other productive things he'll be doing after that time (hopefully).
 
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What happens at the end of the month?
This is a really important question. And i think i should wait to answer it when i have experienced this challenge a while.
 

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After 30 days he should have realized that gaming really isn't useful in his life, considering all the other productive things he'll be doing after that time (hopefully).
I up vote this. As a heavy gamer earlier, i find it useless now, sometimes I'm tempted to buy a switch for playing in the train/plane. But after playing like 1h/2h, I ask my self "How the f*ck could I play this for a day ?"..
But sadly, some of my friends are trapped in the video games loop,and i think they will never make it.
 
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After 30 days he should have realized that gaming really isn't useful in his life, considering all the other productive things he'll be doing after that time (hopefully).
I see gaming as a relaxing hobby for fun. I already know its not useful, but i enjoy it. Im doing this to see what i drift towards in stead.
 

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Im doing this to see what i drift towards in stead.
Ok hate to break it for you but you have failed aready, anyway if your a stuborn head like me i guess goodluck findout your self:happy:
 
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Ok hate to break it for you but you have failed aready, anyway if your a stuborn head like me i guess goodluck findout your self:happy:
What do you mean?
Also, Im not you.
 

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Get the console out of your house for the month.
 

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No, I want it there tempting me.
Sorry, but that's just silly. You wouldn't go hang out in a bar if your goal was to stop drinking.

I know many of you will think "what a F*cking sidewalker", thats ok, I dont need your blessing.
No one thinks less of you for wanting to change a bad habit.

I think someone already mentioned Atomic Habits, and How to Fail at Almost Everything is also a good one for thinking about how to build simple systems in your life that set you up for success.

To echo some other folks, you might want to only bite off one bad habit at a time, and also put some thought into what you're going to do with your time instead. If your plan is to just sit at home and try to ignore the siren call of the Xbox, you may succeed, but why put yourself through that kind of misery?
 

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Interesting... I haven't touched a video game in years, and then I spent 2 hours forging iron daggers in Skyrim just last night.

Had a super productive day in shop so far today.

Video games really are a waste of time, but sometimes you need to waste a little time. It's just what the doctor ordered.
 
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So it seems a few of you imagine ill just sit on my a$$ and do nothing in my spare time.
I have several projects to work on, im just deciding to leave the games for a month, also other instant gratification to see what happens in my brain.

Im gonna stop answering for today, thanks for all tips, looking foreward to a different week and month
 

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Sell your game console. Just sell it. Buy it after your month challenge is over. You'll be able to purchase it again easily after a month, since you will gain the skills and income to buy it back. It seems like you're feeling resistant to it.. The more resistance you feel, the more you know in your heart that you should do it. Use the resistance as a guide.
 

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So I can see not playing games all day but porn...... porn only takes 2 minutes 38 seconds...... not like it's a huge interference. lmao :jawdrop:
Haha. Anything worth doing is worth taking your time on, apparently.
 

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