Video Games and the Self Employed: Balancing Work with Play

If you love video games and you are also self-employed, you may find it difficult sometimes to balance the two. When you play your favorite video games too much during your work day, it can affect your ability to be productive in your job. With no boss waiting on you to clock in, there is a great temptation to slack off and do what you’d rather be doing instead.
Here are some tips for video games and the self employed to help you balance work with play:

• Create a work and game schedule. If you don’t have one already, now is the time to create a work schedule for yourself. It’s important to map out hours of each week that are devoted to work. Even if you don’t stick to it 100%, you need a foundation in place.

• Give yourself some free time. All that hard work can make for a grumpy, stressed person which goes against some of the main reasons for working at home in the first place. You should give yourself some break time each day and at least one day a week off whenever possible to relax and enjoy something besides work.

• Take time off the computer. If your job requires daily use of the computer and you are also a PC gamer, it’s important to take some time off from the computer. It will improve your physical and mental health. Try a console game instead, do something physical outside or pick up a new hobby.

• Reconsider taking on volunteer roles that will interfere with your work schedule such as guild leader, game community admin, etc. If you do take on these roles, separate your contacts for work and gaming and allow yourself to be unavailable to the gaming community when work calls. Have someone else that can handle emergencies when you’re busy working. Resist the urge to check in every 5 minutes when you should be working instead.

Now that you have these tips, it’s easy to see how you can balance both work and play when self employed. In fact, being employed by yourself gives you more freedom and flexibility to play when you want, as long as your priorities are in proper alignment first. Video games can be a great release from the stress of running your own business but they also have a tendency to become additive. With these tips, you can enjoy your fun and keep your work in check as well. So there you have it; now it’s time to have some fun!

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