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Going to bed by 10pm and stop playing World of Warcraft - Day 3

Good morning, afternoon, evening, night. Wherever the hell you're reading this from.

Welcome to another entry on this journey:

  1. Go to bed by 10pm
  2. Stop playing World of Warcraft (again).

If you have no idea what's going on, I invite you check the intro to the series.

Remember, these series is to help you take action on whatever you need help in your personal life. (Happy devs, develop better code IMO).

Let's continue the journey.

Day 3

  1. Coming home🏠
    I had a rough day at work and was mentally exhausted. It wasn't terrible but I did had a small urge to sign back to World of Warcraft.

    Once I got home, my inner judge justified that my hard day at work deserved to be rewarded. I knew exactly how he wanted the reward.

    The urge went down after a quick refreshing shower. It went away after making weekend plans with the family.

  2. After dinner 🍽️
    I finished and published Day 2 of this series.

    Later, I continued on my re-organization of my personal finances in YNAB as I talked in Day 1.

    The missus and I had some great discussions back and forth on how to deal with our money (finance conversations are critical to any relationship!).

    I felt pretty satisfied.

  3. After kids in bed πŸ›οΈπŸ›οΈ
    I screwed up again.

    After the boys were in bed, I continued to work on YNAB. Why is this a problem? The missus and I have a very serious rule: don't discuss/handle finances after 8pm.

    You can say I got a bit obsessive because numbers didn't match.

    It's like when you are trying to make your code work and you think you have the answer in the next 5 minutes.

  4. A tad aggravated 😩

    Brought this on myself.

    In other to blow up some of the steam, I continued playing Pokemon FireRed and chill. The missus was on her computer gaming herself for a while already.

    It looked like tonight was going to be the night to be in bed by 10pm. But nope.

    I started to talk about the book I'm currently listening to: Soul without Shame: A Guide to Liberating Yourself from the Judge Within .

  5. Bed time πŸ›οΈπŸ’€
    I wish my mouth would stop talking sometimes.

    But I get a bit passionate on certain topics. And the missus was interested to hear more about the inner judge in relationships.

    Our conversation carried until about 11:30pm. By the time we felt asleep, it was pass midnight.

How did we do? πŸ€”

  1. Get to bed by 10pm? ❌
    Another day. Another failure? Not really, but we did wake pretty tired. We aren't in our 20s anymore!

    I'm glad I'm spending more time with my best friend. Communication had been dwindling between us lately because I was spending too much time playing.

    I'm not justifying myself. I'm aware I'm not meeting my goal, but I also won't be super judgemental/critical. In other words, I don't think I'm failure and I'll try again.

  2. Stop playing World of Warcraft βœ…

    Third day straight. It's a big win for me.

    The anxiety and need to get a fix is still there and present. But it gets easier with each other.

    Going cold turkey is a pain, but you need to rip off the bandage on certain things.


Another victory and a minor setback.

It's all about negotiation. Even though I'm failing to go to bed by 10pm, I'm spending valuable time with my best friend.

Tonight might different though. We are both damn tired by going late to bed too many days in a row. You will find out on tomorrow's entry.

Hey, question for you: Have you started your own challenge? It could be something small like drinking 1 cup of coffee less.

What will your journey say? πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading. Till tomorrow!

Top comments (3)

adamthewizard profile image

Hey Jose! Really enjoyed reading this! I know its personal but it resonated with me in a lot of ways. I've been trying (and not reaching my target) to get more sleep and stop burning the candle at both ends! A lot of stuff I use to help me I found in this blog post ( ) as it really helped me choose the things that are important for me to achieve! Definitely worth a read and part 2 at the bottom of the article is just as good! Good luck with the bed time! ✌🏻

josegonz321 profile image
Jose Gonzalez

Hey Adam!

Thanks for reading. I'm glad to hear this resonated with you.

Appreciate the blog post link. I'll check it out.

Best of luck on your adventure. Let me know if I can help in anyway.

fillolins profile image

It's been a tough few weeks since the Dragonflight launch. I'm sure many of us can relate to the struggles of trying to resist playing World of Warcraft for too long. I was one of those who vowed not to let myself become overwhelmed by WoW and take part in the ""Stop Playing Wow Challenge"".

At first, it seemed like a success; I managed to limit my playtime significantly. But then came the Dragonflight expansion, and all bets were off! It was so hard not to get lost in that new contentβ€”the quests, the storylines …it was just too good!

Thankfully, I found some help on with their awesome collection of WoW guides. Their advice on how to optimize my gaming experience, while still limiting playtime, gave me the much-needed guidance I needed. With their help, I'm able to enjoy the game without completely overwhelming myself again!