By Joshua Vazquez
Have you ever planned out your perfect day? We’ve all thought about it. In fact, sometimes we think about it too much. It’s almost as if the mere thought of it crossing our minds is in of in itself, guilt inducing. That’s right, the age-old question: When is the best time for me to play video games with a full schedule?
What? Is it only me then?
The truth is, being an adult gamer with responsibilities can be considered a catch-22, as gaming is often thought of as a “time wasting” hobby. I’ll save the discussion for the benefits of having a healthy gaming routine for another article. Below are key things parents should remember when trying to incorporate a constructive gaming schedule as part of their daily routines:
Do All Your Chores First
Playing video games after successfully completing all of your regular chores can have a wonderful effect on your mental state. Using video gaming as a reward for all of your hard work throughout the day is both beneficial to you as a person as well as those around you. Ever try to get some gaming done when you had a laundry list of things on your mind? You cannot expect to fully immerse yourself in a story arc or much less a multiplayer game when there are dishes piled high in the sink. And if you can, then you shouldn’t!
Make Sure Momma/Poppa/Little One(s) Are Happy
How often do you hear from your significant other that “you play video games all the time”? The truth is, you don’t. Partners want to be acknowledged as more important than a video game, movie, or book. They have every right to know that they come before any one of those things. Make sure that appropriate time is mitigated between your loved ones both big and small.
Some people may say that including your loved ones in your hobby is a good idea, and it is…to a point. Aside from including them in your hobby you should always set aside time with your family away from the console. Let’s be serious, some loved ones would stomach a hobby of yours that they may or may not like just so they can be around you. Make certain you spend as much time as you can with everyone who supports you before gaming. If this means not touching the controller for a few days, then so be it. Family first right? Riiiight?
Do Not Binge Play
We’ve all been there. The game you have been eagerly anticipating has just released and you’ve taken time off of work to spend all your waking hours with the game. While this is certainly hardcore, I would caution playing a game so much that you grow to loathe the experience. This is where time management comes into play; a proper gaming schedule should only allow you a couple of hours every other night (most nights) to properly enjoy a video game. Something like this comes down to personal preference however, to appreciate a good steak do you swallow the pieces like a duck or savor every juicy bite in its entirety?
Don’t Be Afraid To Play
Suppressing your passion for gaming is just as bad as suppressing any other positive thing in your life. Try not to think of video games as a bad habit, but merely a hobby. Some people play with trains, others collect stamps, some watch birds, you game…be proud of your passion and everything else will be easier.
Your daily gaming routine should be scheduled in such a way that it stands side by side with your responsibilities as an adult, parent, spouse, or partner. When should you game? Well, that is up to you. Every person’s schedule is different. The most important part of your gaming routine is to ensure that those responsibilities around you are cared for beforehand. Don’t suppress your passion, make room for it. Take care, and keep gaming.