The first blog I read was SoCalWowGal's WoW Life Coach, she has lots of wonderful tips on how to achieve the right balance for you. To follow up SoCalWowGal, Navimie posted a blog on her site The Daily Frostwolf, on how she personally balances her game time with real life. I found it a great perspective to see how others work game and real life in, especially as Navimie's husband does not play. I thought I would write my perspective as it is different that I have a husband, Moogyver, that does play.
Firstly a few facts about me, some have been mentioned before but just for clarity:
- I work 3 days per week, travel time of around 2-3 hours per day
- We have 2 young children both in daycare on those 3 days per week, they travel with us as daycare is near work
- Moo works 5 day weeks, mostly office hours with occasional weekend of after hours work. He also records his podcast, Spare Parts which is once a fortnight.
We mostly play after Sprocket and Gizmo are in bed asleep, usually after 8pm. With the early starts we only get about 2 hours (3 on the nights we lose track of time and don't have those early starts) of play time before we are in bed and ready to start the next crazy day! Tuesday night we have maintenance which usually kicks in at about 9 or 10pm depending on daylight savings and I think even 8pm once winter hits so those nights we do other stuff.
I do try and avoid playing on the days I am home with the kids, mostly because I need to look after them first and if I log on I tend not to get much of my other chores done which are quite easy to hide from in a game.
The challenges we face are things like making sure all our spare time is taken up with games and we try to do other things together as well. I think we are still finding that boundary and balance because WoW is something we both like doing together and kids and budget kinda restrict outside the house alone time.
We also have those frustrating nights when you finally get into a dungeon one of the kids wakes but I am sure we aren't the only ones that have that problem :)
How do you balance your time between real life and games? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.