The Sunday Morning Links return after a few weeks away. I’ll be honest, my motivation was just not what it needed to be to get the posts completed. Also, I very little content to share from being head down in work. Now, things have slowed down and I was able to go down a few rabbit holes. Below is what I found.
Eyes and Ears
Video: Hard Times by Paramore | I have been listening to this new Paramore track way too much since it dropped on Thursday. Paramore has been a constant in my life since 2005. Songs from All We Know is Falling still have a spot on my running mixes. The new song is hit of 80s nostalgia mixed with mid-aughts pop-punk. My wheelhouse.
There is a stigma around no. No is not a bad word. It is not a selfish word. It is a word that helps us create our ideal life. Without it, we are miserable.
Every Sunday, I sit down to look at my week ahead with one question in mind. “What can I remove?” The idea behind this is to stop doing things that are not essential. If the plans for a day are not necessary, they need to go.
It’s patch day for Azeroth. Later today, when servers come back online, patch 7.2 – The Tomb of Sargeras – will be live in North America. In the past, this day meant a mad rush to get going on all the latest things. Log in to all of my characters. Start working on every new bit of content. But, not this time. This time I have to be intentional. Today is also a patch day of sorts for Warcraft minimalism.
It has been almost a month since I began the minimalist gamer project. The decision to attempt Warcraft minimalism has reinvigorated my interest in the game reaching a level is hasn’t been at since Burning Crusade. While I did log in every day during Warlords of Garrisons, I did not necessarily find it fun. It was more of a requirement because of all the gold to be made. But now, having a renewed purpose, a goal and a project to work on every time I enter the game, it makes for an incredible playing experience. The fun has returned to Azeroth, and it was all because of the following three steps.
Happy Sunday, everyone. Hope your week went as well as it could have. I am already beginning to lose track of the days after one month of this little project. Last week was easy. This week is hard. Prepping for baby is eating into my personal time. Why I know I should not be surprised, I still am. But, enough about my struggles. You’re here for links.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
Eyes and Ears
Song: Gravity by Jasmine Kara | Guilty pleasure time. This track has been on repeat for me since I discovered it a couple weeks ago. I love Swedish dance pop and this hits all the right marks. All the signs of a breakout summer song right here.
Yesterday, I left Twitter. As of right now, it is a temporary deprivation for Lent. But, one day after walking away, I already feel lighter. I know I have gained back time. I see relationships that will be stronger.
The next forty days will be free of retweets, mindless banter, memes and most of all – noise. (Note: I will be still sharing posts on Twitter via Buffer)
But Lent? Really?! Okay, you got me. Yes, I am not a church-goer or even very religious, but I have always loved Lent and depriving yourself of something for a time. In retrospect, Lent was my first introduction to minimalism. But I fail at one major part of Lent, which is boasting about my sacrifice.
So, in the spiriting of boasting, here is all I am planning to give up in the next forty days.
When I began floating the idea of applying minimalism to the World of Warcraft experience, I had very little idea what it entailed. I knew that my interest in the game was waning. Anytime I logged in I was feeling overwhelmed by the options in front of me. I wanted to be playing the game. I just didn’t know how anymore. Something had to change which is why I decided to look for a solution.
In my day-to-day life minimalism has brought me many positive outcomes. Through decluttering, I have less to worry about, less to clean and less to maintain. By removing the unnecessary, I can focus my time on what matters to me and move forward without being concerned I should be doing something else. I can set a plan of how I want my life to look and make intentional decisions. Limiting the things in my life to only those that matter means I am no longer tied down by any misplaced attention.
Days become more enjoyable. Each action is intentional. My ability to adjust is greater since I do not have as much on the go.
These are all things I want in my World of Warcraft life.
I am now a week into my new project as a minimalist gamer. It has been a week of removal and subtraction. A week of analysis and reflection. The last seven days are the start of a path to more intentional gaming. I am happy with the results, and I’m enjoying the time more when I do decide to play.
The first thing I did to help me establish what I mean by minimalist gamer was to identify the three things most important to me while gaming. (For you, it may be two, it may be five. I would advise not going over five.)
Enjoy my time
Limit the options
With these points in mind, I began to look at my gaming life in more detail.