This time I’ll be talking about having a family, a job and how I still find time to play my games. I’m actually quite proud that I can manage having a demanding job, a wife and two beautiful children, can do my part in the household, keep up a social life and find the time to play games. And currently I play games about 15 hours a week.
How do I do that you ask? That’s what this blog post is about.
The first and most important thing to keep this up, is making sure I work to live and not the other way around. For me this means that I only work overtime when that is absolutely necessary. In other words, when my workday is over, I go home. I do not keep working on stuff that I can do the next day.
The second thing is making sure I actually schedule time for myself and my games. This means that I have to make compromises with my wife about who does what and when. For example doing the laundry, cleaning the house, doing gardening, etc. But also taking care of the kids.
On that topic, at home we keep a bit of a flexible schedule when it comes to getting up, eating dinner and going to bed. But our kids have a bit stricter schedule. We strongly believe that if you keep up the schedule early in their lives, they (and we) benefit from that later on. My daughter who is now 5 years old, is very easy when going to bed. The time varies a bit between 19:00 and 19:30. We take the time to put her in bed, read stories and sing songs. But after that she stays in bed and sleeps until the alarm goes. This took investment from us, mostly in the first 9 months of her live.
We're seeing the same currently with my son. He’s now just over two years old and has established a similar sleeping pattern as my daughter for the past year or so. Which already makes it so that we basically have our evenings from about 20:00 back to ourselves to have quality time together or spend time on our hobbies.
That’s the power of a schedule and keeping the conversation going for us. We discuss the schedule together, divide the chores in and around the house between the two of us and each do our part. This makes it so that we both have time for each other, our family and our personal hobbies. Which for me means I have time for gaming.