How to redue time for playing games?

TracyWallack

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Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, Isaac Newton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonardo da Vinci – they all had 24 hours a day, just like you and me.

What enabled them to lead such significant lives?

Need some time management tips!
 

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Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, Isaac Newton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonardo da Vinci – they all had 24 hours a day, just like you and me.

What enabled them to lead such significant lives?

Need some time management tips!
What an extraordinary first post.

I will also point out that the thread title and the content of your first post are somewhat at variance with one another.

Anyway, I suspect that you may be looking at the issue from entirely the wrong perspective.

It is nothing to do with time management (what a horrible "management speak" expression) and everything to do with vision, and what motivates you and what you have decided to dedicate your life to.

All of the people you referred to had a vision, a focus, a desire to invent, explore, find out how things worked why, a desire to create, and a desire to make a difference. The management of time was completely secondary to (and usually sacrificed to) whatever vision to make a difference drove them.
 

Zxxv

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They had talent. If you don’t have time maybe you don’t have talent.
 

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Do what you love, everything else is procrastination.
Mastery and brilliance isn’t about time or accomplishments, it's about focus.

Also very important, don't waste time on people that aren't in alignment and respectful of your goals and heart.
 
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AngerDanger

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How to redue time for playing games?
I'm going to assume you're using some fancy obscure European spelling of "redo". Redoing time for playing games is an excellent way to optimize your high score without taking too long—relative to everybody else, that is. Anyway, in order to redo time, you're going to need:
  • A DeLorean
  • Enough road to get up to 88mph*
Get back to me once you've acquired those two things, and we can proceed.

(*Unless you're willing to have a hover conversion done. But to do that, you'd still need enough road to get up to 88 initially.)

 

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I'm going to assume you're using some fancy obscure European spelling of "redo". Redoing time for playing games is an excellent way to optimize your high score without taking too long—relative to everybody else, that is. Anyway, in order to redo time, you're going to need:
  • A DeLorean
  • Enough road to get up to 88mph*
Get back to me once you've acquired those two things, and we can proceed.

(*Unless you're willing to have a hover conversion done. But to do that, you'd still need enough road to get up to 88 initially.)
Yes, I noticed that too; I put it down to an excess of either speed when typing, or carelessness or simply not having been aware of how the word ought to have been spelt.

And it is also interesting that the OP joined the forum today, has made one post (the above) and has not returned to the thread to comment on the replies already posted.
 

AngerDanger

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Yes, I noticed that too; I put it down to an excess of either speed when typing, or carelessness or simply not having been aware of how the word ought to have been spelt.

And it is also interesting that the OP joined the forum today, has made one post (the above) and has not returned to the thread to comment on the replies already posted.
The plot thickens: The first sentence of the OP also appears verbatim in the first paragraph of a time management article last updated two days ago. This might be an instance of somebody trying to advertise their work under the guise of genuinely wanting help with the subject their work addresses. Maybe they'll come back with a great article they "found".

On an unrelated note, does anybody know a 20-something-year-old who can make me some stupid tech GIFs? The angrier and more dangerous the better!
 

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The plot thickens: The first sentence of the OP also appears verbatim in the first paragraph of a time management article last updated two days ago. This might be an instance of somebody trying to advertise their work under the guise of genuinely wanting help with the subject their work addresses. Maybe they'll come back with a great article they "found".

On an unrelated note, does anybody know a 20-something-year-old who can make me some stupid tech GIFs? The angrier and more dangerous the better!
Re gifs, no; these days, - as I am no longer teaching - I don't know any 20 year olds.

Re the thread and single, sole, solitary post, I smell a rodent of some description: Perhaps it is a student seeking easy help for an essay (but the fact that the title and content ever so slightly contradict one another - or, at least do not serve to support each other, is somewhat jarring), perhaps subtle spam, perhaps a curious fishing expedition re time management given that the first sentence appears verbatim elsewhere. Hm.
 

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Darn, that's a real shame. My search continues…
Yes, you'll just have to cast your net more widely, it seems.

It is over a decade since I was a regular part of a university faculty; the days of bright-eyed, bushy tailed, youngsters seeking me out in my office lair, for coffee, chat, advice (and to help keep me abreast of - and aware of - the thoughts, tone, concerns and argot of the young) are long since past, I'm afraid.
 

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Lemme tell you the old story about a business conference about time management. A guy did a demonstration where he filled a jug with rocks, pebbles, sand and water in that order. Then emptied out the jug and asked the attendees to fill the jug with rocks, pebbles, and bottle of water. One guy poured in all the sand first. Some lined the bottom with pebbles. In the end, the amount of materials each managed to get into the jugs varied, but none could fit everything in. The guy giving the demonstration asked them why HE managed to fit everything in whereas none of the attendees could do the same? The answer was he put the rocks in first.
If you want to make the most of your time, do the important things first. Gaming is a low priority and should only be done when all your work has been accomplished. Put the rock in first.
 

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Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, Isaac Newton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonardo da Vinci – they all had 24 hours a day, just like you and me.

What enabled them to lead such significant lives?

Need some time management tips!
1) Plan the day. Every day.
2) Differentiate Deep Work to Shallow work (read "Deep Work" by Cal Newport asap. Watch his two TED speeches asap).
3) Have strategic goals.
4) Plan for downtime (games, TV etc)
5) Limit the input to your brain (social media, etc.) , especially digital input.
6) Do the 30 days of discipline (boldanddetermined.com )
7) Go to the gym, possibly early morning.

All the guys you mentioned had very limited distractions/input, and/or a very precise schedule.

Love him or hate him, there is a nice video of the first interview of Vladimir Putin as President (it's on youtube) back a decade or more ago. At one point the journalists ask him how's the view from his office. Putin replies that he has no idea. The journalists then ask him if he's not curious, to which he replies : "I am, I just don't want to be distracted by unimportant things that don't interest me."
(Again, not a political judgment on the guy, I just found it a very insightful thought).
 
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I assumed the thread was about reducing time spent on games... My old school solution was simply to take the app off my laptop. But that was back when the internet was available only at the end of a 300-baud dialup modem.

Since then --although I can be talked into brief bouts of nostalgia for the days of playing the likes of Crystal Quest-- I've moved on from the novelty of using games to kill time. I can never get that time back again for some purpose that has a more tangible or at least memorable impression on my life.

I do keep Pocket Frogs around on an iPod touch, for such occasions as when I'm on hold with a newspaper or magazine and trying to deal for a better rate of re-subscription. Similarly the desktop version of Plants v Zombies. That's mostly to combat the on-hold music or endless repetitions of "your call is very important to us and will be answered in the order received..."

My first line of resistance to more games these days is not going to the app store to seek them out. :D
 

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I assumed the thread was about reducing time spent on games... My old school solution was simply to take the app off my laptop. But that was back when the internet was available only at the end of a 300-baud dialup modem.

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Hmm, one could write a script that limits the bandwidth allotted to distracting/entertainment sites. Or it could hide the contents of the <body> tag for thirty seconds each time a page is loaded.

Ironically, whenever I'm procrastinating, I usually go to YouTube, and it's their advertisements that get me back on track. If I have to wait through the first five seconds of an ad before watching a two minute (life hack, kitten, or science) video, the instant gratification is completely removed, and I'm fine just closing the page.
 
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