When I was a kid, I loved playing Pokemon on my GameBoy Color.
My mom never minded letting me play to my heart’s content, as long as I had good grades, did my homework correctly and went to bed on time.
One day she caught me playing without having done my part of the deal. She took my GameBoy for the weekend and explained to me why responsibility matters:
“It’s not about doing what I ask as it is about developing healthy habits so you can grow into a responsible adult and do what you want with your life. If you do your work first, then you have all the time in the world to play.”
I never played Pokemon before finishing my work again.
I Love Watching Anime And Playing Games.
It’s part of who I am. I had an empty, sad feeling I couldn’t put into words after going through a stage in my life where I dropped these elements completely.
That eventually led to a burnout. After neglecting those aspects of my life for too long, I couldn’t focus on my work. All I wanted was to consume the magic I was missing!
That’s how I realized that I couldn’t just stop doing what I loved since I was a kid, no matter how much I enjoy my job or my stories. I needed my fuel, and anime and gaming are great creative refills for me.
As always, the key is in the balance.
Nowadays, I leverage my distractions the way my mother made me leverage my Pokemon playing time when I was a kid: get your work done and done well. Then, take a breather.
Do you want to play a game? What if you work on your thumbnails until noon? Then you can take the break to complete one quest, or cap at 30 minutes. Had a good work day? Awesome! Let’s celebrate by watching one episode of your favorite show afterward!
If distractions were a timed and controlled reward, wouldn’t that help you focus and do more of what matters the most?
Oh, look, I finished this week’s blog post! Maybe it’s time for one anime episode before bed… 😉