Day 3326 – Something I’ve Truly Missed In Our Marriage Is Back – Playing Video Games Together

Bret is a lot of things to me. First and foremost, he’s my spouse. He’s also my very best friend, closest confidant, business partner, idea-bouncer-offer, travel buddy, co-pilot, encourager, pusher, and more. But there is one thing that he was but hasn’t been for a very long time – my video game partner.

A year or two into our marriage, we started playing Lego Star Wars together. It was so much fun and we would regularly stay up late to play. But as we played, tensions grew because of the gameplay. Basically, sometimes he would be on one side of the area and I would be in the other, and the game would pull the other player. Not fun if you’re trying to work on something! So I continued on with my Lego game love, playing almost every one that has come out since then, including Dimensions.

Since I play all of the games, and I can get them from the library, I put in a request as soon as I can. Lego Incredibles has been on my list since I heard about it (why yes, I do follow a Lego Dimensions/Lego games video game Facebook page), the hold request took a good month to go through. There might be some delay to the library, but that’s ok with me to save some money! I finally got the game in and worked through a few levels. Last night, I made a comment to Bret about maybe playing with me. Friends, oh friends, he said yes!

What followed was hours of glee. I forgot how much fun it is to play a video game with Bret. Especially one that we both enjoy and aren’t just playing for the spouse’s benefit (ha ha, just kidding, not even that happens). It was such a sweet time together and I can’t wait to play again.

Do you play video games with your spouse?

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Day 2269 – A New Way To Look At Motivation/Rewards/Punishments And Getting Things Done

I recently re-stumbled onto a great YouTube channel – FightMediocrity shares summaries of books he’s read in about 5-10 minutes. He did a great one of the 4 Hour Work Week. I can’t remember which video it was…I tend to watch 3-4 at a time and I’ve watched a number of them over the last week or two…anyways. The idea of giving rewards or punishments to help motivation. The example he gave was if you don’t hit your goal, then you have to donate to a charity you don’t like or something like that. I can’t remember if he mentioned positive rewards or not, but it got me thinking…what actually motivates me? It’s super easy to not follow through with a negative result. I just don’t do it. But what if I did positive rewards? It’s no secret I love the Lego video games. A new one just came out today that’s a HUGE Lego game….but with a HUGE price tag. The starter pack for Lego Dimensions is $100.

I started thinking through the goals I have….getting a first draft of my book completed, finishing projects for my clients, working out regularly. From big goals to small goals, I came up with a rough idea of what I would “give myself” if I finished them. I originally thought there’s NO way I’m spending $100 on a game. But through a few conversations with Bret, he encouraged me to read some reviews on it. I just finished some reading and can I just say it sounds like an AMAZING game? So here’s when a funny thing happened. I started thinking about how much I want that game. I started thinking about what I have to do with the first draft of my book. There is actually a part of me that wants to work on it right now and finish it this week.

There are all kinds of positive rewards you can give yourself. Whether it’s an hour in front of the TV, an hour to read a fiction book or a coffee from Dunkin Donuts, it doesn’t matter. It’s about what will make you do the work that you need to do.

What works best for you? Positive or negative outcomes?

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