Well, I've decided to take a break from video games. Probably until we get back from the Student Leader Camping Trip in mid-August. I've definitely been indulging myself much more than I should, and not being very productive as a result. I've very much enjoyed the games I've gotten to play this summer, namely The Last of Us, Lords of Magic, Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, and Rocket League (all of which I'll probably talk about in more detail before the summer is over), it's time to take a break again. Focus on more important things, like getting the Kidz Camp skits finished, making sure I'll be caught up on this blog before heading out for Kidz Camp, and getting back into To Look Skyward before all of the time left to me is gone.
Over the years, I've had long cycles of being obsessed with different games and then not playing video games at all. I think that's been mostly beneficial to me, in that I had periods of rest where I just get to enjoy myself a little bit, kick back, and experience a story, and then periods where I try to stay as focused as possible to get things that are important done. My free time becomes work time (luckily, most of the things I work on are quite enjoyable for me to do, such as writing), and that's okay.
I wish I could find a better balance between play and work, talking much more of an "all things in moderation" approach, but that's just not how my brain is wired, as I've discovered over my childhood. I always tend to get obsessed with one thing for a few weeks or months, and then the passion fades and I get obsessed with something else. I can definitely renew passion for a project by just being involved with it, and that's something that I've taken advantage of many times when I'm feeling particularly inspired, but it always helps when my passion and what I should be getting done align.
I tend to just try to use my obsessive tendencies to my benefit. I commit to working on the thing I'm obsessed with all-out, and if that thing is writing a book, then yay! If it's a video game, I just try to take as much out of that game as I can, whether that be worldbuilding ideas, ideas for stories, advice for storytelling, or simply an idea for a game I myself might be able to work on someday. As I've said before, I like to stick my finger into as many pies as possible and then see what tastes good, what sticks.
Right now, I'm gonna focus on being productive with my time, from the beginning of my day to its end. I told my brother to punch me in the face if I played a video game (and he enthusiastically promised that he would), and so that should give me some motivation as well. Now I just need to work on conquering my compulsive habit of scrolling down Facebook for an hour at a time. But hey, at least I'm writing this blog post right now. That's something productive, right? Talking about how I need to be more productive? Hmm. I'm not actually sure now.
Anyway, I'm gonna work on that, and hopefully that should start to get me producing more content. more consistently for y'all to enjoy. And I challenge you to do the same thing I'm doing--take a break from consuming media all the time and start making some of your own. You'd be surprised how much that can fulfill you. Thanks, as always, for reading.