Hur många timmar har du lagt ner på spel?

SweClockers.com har en diskussionstråd med frågan Hur många timmar har du lagt ner på spel?

Många har lagt över 1000 timmar bara på ett spel. Många lägger över fem timmar per dag.

Kommentarerna lyser av stolthet och det är ingen tvekan om att man tar sin hobby på stort allvar. En person som satsar lika mycket tid och energi på exempelvis gymnastik eller matematik skulle imponera på omgivningen men på samma sätt är det inte med spelandet. Varför är det så? Är det kopplat till prestation? Få personer tränar väl gymnastik 30 timmar i veckan om de inte når resultat på tävlingar. Och den som vinner framgångar i spelturneringar vinner omgivningens respekt.

Återstår då frågan om mening för alla dem som lägger mycket tid på spel utan att för den skull sikta på att bli bäst. Förutom det rena underhållningsvärdet lär man sig mycket av att spela. Man övar problemlösning, reaktioner, språk, spatialt tänkande, mm. Glädjen i att behärska något ger självförtroende. Tillfredsställelsen i att skaffa sig djupa kunskaper och förfinade förmågor är en bra grund för framtida lärande.

Kan då inte de som spelar få hålla på så mycket de vill? Omgivningen tycker ofta annorlunda. Föräldrar, vänner, lärare m fl har synpunkter på hur tiden skulle kunna användas bättre. Relationer, hälsa och studier kan bli lidande.

Vad får det för konsekvenser om man lägger motsvarande ett heltidsjobb på att spela när man samtidigt pluggar?

Vad skulle man kunna uppnå i stället om motsvarande tid lades på att lära sig programmera, cadda, designa hemisidor eller starta företag?

How can one overcome procrastination?

Datorpelsbeeroende och prokrastinering hänger ihop. Om du har en sak du vet att du måste göra men du inte kommer igång med är det lätt hänt att du spelar i stället. Den här artikeln ger tips om hur du hanterar prokrastineringen. Om du lär dig ta tag i det du måste göra kommer du att kunna belöna dig själv med att spela efter att jobbet är gjort.

Answer by Jim Stone:

I think it helps to understand the cause of your procrastination.

I’ve given a lot of thought to this (probably when I should have been doing other things!) and have come up with 9 causes of procrastination (there are surely more, but these 9 should cover most of the cases).

Each of these causes requires its own solution or set of solutions.

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Nine Causes of Procrastination:

  1. Fuzzy Goals
  2. Sketchy Plans
  3. Overwhelm
  4. Unexpected Complications
  5. Interruptions
  6. Boredom
  7. Anxiety
  8. Impatience
  9. Exhaustion

Let’s look at each of these, and consider what thoughts they provoke (so you can diagnose them), and lay out some rough strategies for dealing with them:

1. Fuzzy goals

When you have fuzzy goals, you are likely to think things like this:

  • “Why am I doing this project?”
  • “What should the final product look like?”
  • “How will people actually benefit from this?”
  • “Should I work on this now, or is something else more important?”

And here are some strategies for dealing with fuzzy goals:

  • Ask yourself why you're doing the project.  When you do this, you will come up with some purpose.Then ask yourself why you’re pursuing that purpose. And keep doing that until your project is set within the context of your whole life.
  • After all this, it might turn out you don’t have a good reason to work on this project, and that you need to work on another project.
  • Work out the relative importance of all your projects, so you can make sure you’re working on your most important project.

2. Sketchy Plans

When you have sketchy plans, you are likely to think things like this:

  • “I have to keep my place in my head too much as I work”
  • “I’m not sure this plan will work”
  • “I’m a bit concerned that it’s more complicated than it looks”

And here are some strategies for dealing with sketchy plans:

  • Break your project down further to expose hidden detail.
  • Consider whether there are any conflicts within the project, or between this project and other projects.
  • If you find conflicts, resolve them and create a plan that works.

3. Overwhelm

When you’re suffering from overwhelm, you’re likely to think thoughts like this:

  • “I can’t get it all done”
  • “I need to work, but I can’t stop thinking about [some unrelated issue]”
  • “I don’t know if I should work on X or Y or Z”

And here is a sure-fire strategy for dealing with overwhelm:

4. Unexpected Complications

When you encounter unexpected complications, you’re likely to think things like:

  • “Why can’t things just work as planned?”

And here are some strategies for dealing with unexpected complications:

  • Work in shorter sprints – you should work on only 1-2 week projects that get you feedback regularly. There is less chance of running into unexpected complications when you break projects into smaller deliverable modules.
  • Get the complication out of your head and into your plan.  That way you’ll see it sooner, and be able to resolve complication before you start working.

5. Interruptions

When you encounter interruptions, you’re likely to think things like:

  • “Why can’t I stay on task?”

And here are some strategies for dealing with interruptions.

  • Try to have periods in your work day where you can’t be interrupted, and train the people you work with to respect this.
  • When you get interrupted, write down exactly where you are in your plan, and the next step, so you can get back to work right away when the interruption passes.

6. Boredom

When you’re bored, you’re likely to think things like:

  • “This work is repetitive and beneath me.”

When you’re bored, you can try:

  • Playing games within the game (setting mini-goals for yourself, and such)
  • Looking for opportunities to outsource the work, if possible.
  • Organizing your job/business so you can do more challenging projects.

7. Anxiety

When you have anxiety about your work, you’re likely to think thoughts like:

  • “I don’t know if I’m doing this right”
  • “I don’t know how to do this.”

And when you’re feeling anxiety, you can do the following:

  • Take some time to plan the project in more detail and identify the areas you don’t understand well enough
  • Get expert advice if needed.

8. Impatience

When you’re impatient, you ‘re likely to think thoughts like:

  • “Are We There Yet?”
  • “Why does this have to take so long?”
  • “The finish line seems so far away”

And here are some strategies for dealing with impatience:

  • Break your work into 1-2 week modules so you don’t ever find yourself 3 months into a project with 3 months to go before getting meaningful feedback.
  • Zoom your focus in on TODAY’s work and make up a story about why today’s work is important.

9.  Exhaustion.

When you’re exhausted, you’re likely to think thoughts like:

  • “I can’t think”
  • “I can’t keep my eyes open”
  • “I need a break”

And here are some strategies for dealing with exhaustion.

  • Set up work-rest rhythms at hourly, daily, weekly, and bigger scales.
  • Take care to get enough sleep, exercise, sunshine and nutrition to keep your energy high.
  • Take a break!

For an expanded discussion, see 12 Things That Take You Out of Flow.

How can one overcome procrastination?

What are some strategies to encourage people to start using a new service (such as in the beginnings of Quora, Stackoverflow, etc.)?

Tips om hur man får ett Q&A-community att växa.

Answer by Archie D’Cruz:

I’ll add some specifics to the excellent big picture overview by Amin Ariana. Much of what follows is distilled from information provided by people involved with community-driven sites; some of it is from notes for a yet-to-be-launched project I am currently involved with.

Here then are eight strategies employed by sites that have gone on to become successful:

1. Seed carefully, nurture well.

The hardest thing about making a new Q&A site is not the programming—it’s the community. You need a large audience of great developers so you have the critical mass it takes to get started. Without critical mass, questions go unanswered and the site becomes a ghost town.

– Extract from a blog post by Stack Exchange co-founder Joel Spolsky in 2008

In that post, Spolsky addresses the critical part of building a community: seeding it with a great core of people. Both he (with Joel on Software) and co-founder Jeff Atwood (with Coding Horror) already had huge audiences for their own blogs—Joel on Software was then listed at #15 on Bloglines; Atwood’s Coding Horror was at #89.

They opened the beta to only a few hundred developers, but obviously chose well, because, to use Spolsky’s words, “The site lit up instantly!” Good enough to go from private beta to public launch in just five weeks.

Though Stack Exchange has built a network of 100+ individual sites since, the strategy remains the same for every new site that users propose: 200 users interested in the new site must formally commit and support the site by actively participating and contributing to it.

Quora was launched a year after Stack Exchange, and although it took longer to gain traction, the initial strategy appears to have been the same. A lot of the early seeding appears to have been done by co-founders Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever along with Quora’s first employee Rebekah Cox. Then, to quote D’Angelo on Quora’s growth:

We invited our friends, and some of them invited their friends, etc.

2. Keep it focused.

Stack Overflow was launched as a place for users to ask and answer questions on programming. Nothing else. In a September 2013 post to mark five years of Stack Overflow, VP of Community Growth at StackExchange Jay Hanlon recalled that the pre-launch landing page had this comic that symbolized what the site was setting out to do:

The site, as he put it, was:

“…by programmers, for programmers, with the ultimate intent of collectively increasing the sum total of good programming knowledge in the world.”

Every new topic covered by Stack Exchange is launched as a separate site, rather than be included as part of Stack Overflow. Today, as mentioned in point #1 above, Stack Exchange owns a network of niche sites, rather than one giant Q&A site.

3. Keep it simple.

Ask questions. Write answers. That essentially is what Quora and Stack Overflow stand for. A clean interface, no attention-grabbing banner ads, ability for anyone to answer (with SO, you can even post as a guest). There are many relatively-hidden features that power users will find useful, of course, but they do not stand in the way of a new user being able to get started fairly quickly.

4. Keep the quality high.

Or in other words, learn from the mistakes of Yahoo! Answers. Poor questions, wrong or joke answers, atrocious language, spam and the high percentage of trolls who frequent Yahoo! Answers have made the site an object of ridicule. Both Quora and Stack Exchange have been good with attracting knowledgeable people who also write well, and have taken strong measures to police the sites to ensure trolls get turfed.

5. Keep it friendly.

Quora’s Real Names policy and the BNBR rule have likely gone a long way in ensuring that most of the site’s users show themselves in the best possible light. Users are less likely to indulge in attacks of the kind you see on comment boards, knowing that their real names are attached to their answers (and searchable on Google as well). There are, of course, some issues that have to do with permitting the use of Anonymous contributions and on contentious topics, but for the most part the site comes across as friendly to new users.

6. Keep it free.

The fewer barriers to entry there are, the more likely you are to have people at least trying out the site. Price is a big barrier, and neither Quora nor SO charge a fee for entry. Quora even gives new users 500 credits to play with (so they can ask specific writers questions), right from the start.

7. Add gamification.

Love it or loathe it, there is no question that gamification drives higher user participation. Call it what you will, but Badges, Credits, Reputation Points, Stars all appear to deliver the dopamine rush that keeps users engaged on an ongoing basis. Publicly available personal stats like 30-Day Views that Quora features are also a powerful driver for active user participation.

But gamification by itself is not enough, warns Stack Exchange’s Hanlon:

At best, the points, and the gamification, and the focused structure of the site did little more than encourage people to keep doing what they were already doing.

People came because they wanted to help other people, because they needed to learn something new, or because they wanted to show off the clever way they’d solved a problem.

8. Achievement Unlocked.

Giving new users something to strive for—like Stack Exchange’s Reputation system that allows them to get past basic restrictions, or Quora’s Top Writer program—are another way to drive newcomers to increase their participation levels rather than drift away.

What are some strategies to encourage people to start using a new service (such as in the beginnings of Quora, Stackoverflow, etc.)?

Self Control – En hjälp att hantera databeroende.

Skärmavbild 2015-06-16 kl. 23.10.33Jag har bara en bra grej men den är riktigt bra.

Om du sätter dig ner för att göra något viktigt är det stor risk att du ”råkar” kolla något annat först och så går tiden utan att du gör det du egentligen borde göra.

För Macanvändare finns programmet SelfControl (gratis). Där skapar du en Black List med alla sajter som du inte borde besöka. Sen ställer du en timer och trycker start. Nu kan du jobba utan att lalla iväg för det går inte. SelfControl blockar alla sajter tills tiden är slut. Du KAN inte komma runt det utan att installera om datorn.

Just nu fick jag lust att kolla en grej på Quora.com men det går inte för det är 2 minuter kvar av de femton minuter som jag tänkte att det tar att skriva det här inlägget.

Edit: Och nu går det bra att surfa på alla sajter som ligger på Black List igen.

What are some real life stories of young entrepreneurs becoming millionaire before the age of 30? Is that goal even possible for most peo…

Jag skulle vilja påstå att det här är något som är högst ovanligt i Sverige. Vi tänker för ofta att det ordnar sig när vi borde ta tag i våra liv.

Answer by Salil Jha:

I can tell you my story. When I was a child I never thought I would ever find a job. One night I wrote a letter to my Dad (I guess I may have been in 5th grade). I wrote, "Papa, please never stop working. I don't think I will ever get a job." My mom and bother asked me to show what I have written. I was so embarrassed that I tore the page. I had to struggle with them to do it. My brother and Mom wanted me to show it to them. It was kind of cute from their perspective that I wrote a letter to Dad. I ended up crying.

Well, this is when I was in Mihijam, a very small town in the eastern part of India. Years later I moved to America at age 21 as a Computer Engineering student. I took a big bank loan to fund my education. My family was not rich and I knew that I am accountable to every single dollar. The success or failure of my American Dream was in my own hands. I learned and accepted early on that I am 100% responsible for my own future success or misery.

I started working part time in College and building relationships with people in positions. I was a regular church goer during my college years. This saved me hundred of dollars and hours by staying out of drinking and partying.

I used to read a lot. I was big time into documentary films. But what really used to motivate me was writing and thinking about starting my own business someday. I used to come up with business ideas and discuss with my friends.

I was looking and I was a hungry young man ready for any challenge. One day, a young man in his mid thirties came with a Business offer and I was in awe. It was like God sent. It turned out to be Amway business. I joined and worked hard at it. At my peak I was almost halfway to Platinumship, the first ladder of Amway success chain. Amway did not work for me and my heart was not in the door-to-door sales, so I started to focus back on writing.

A year later, I started an IT company and was teaching college graduates healthcare and information technology. I also got a high paying job with Dell as Software Quality Advisor. For four years I worked a full time job with Dell and also ran my own side IT business. I made enough money to buy two rental properties back in New Delhi, India for $220K USD during the Indian real estate boom.

Since I carry no debt, I was able to invest heavily in the Stock market. I bought Apple shares when they were below $400 mark per share (before the stock split). I bought Medical Marijuana stocks at $0.09 and later sold at $0.20 a share. I had 60,000 stocks. Those were the days.

Two years fast-forward, I am still working as an Independent Senior Consultant, and I continue to write. Earlier this year, I published my first book "Naked Soul: The Erotic Love Poems" which surprisingly turned into a decent success. I have two more books coming out later this year. I also offer one-on-one book marketing consultation.

I have no debt, my car is paid off and between my current stock portfolio, real estate investment, monthly rents and other investments, life insurance and savings, my net worth is approximately $1.03M USD (if I liquidate everything).

Having said it all, I also must add that I do not feel accomplished yet. My goals are higher and I am just beginning.

Hope my story provides some hope and direction. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment and ask.

Keep working hard where your heart is. The rest will come to you on its own.

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How did successful people spend their time when they were young, between the ages of 10 and 22?

Det här är på pricken vad jag tycker. Konsumera mindre – producera mer. Var inte rädd för att misslyckas. Utveckla din särart. Läs och lär.

Answer by Auren Hoffman:

Spending time alone is really, really important

Note: I don't think I have ever before been compared with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc.  I am no where near as successful or accomplished as most of the people on this list.  But for what it is worth, I'll give you a trait that I think is common among most of these people (including myself).

Lots of alone time
Most of these people spent a massive amount of time alone when they were kids and young adults.  And most of these people still spend a much larger percentage of their time alone today than most outsiders would think.

Especially when people are growing up, spending time alone gives one the space to explore, to be weird, to learn, to imagine, and to dream. 

Reading is really (REALLY) important.
Read a wide variety of books and articles that stretch your imagination.  Don't just read easy books (like Harry Potter).  Read difficult texts that really stretch your mind.

Read fiction and non-fiction.  Read wonderful novels written by authors from far-away lands.  Read things that challenge your political thought.  Read the Bible, the Koran, Buddhist texts, and ancient mythology.  And don't just read conventional things assigned to you in school (like Hemingway, Shakespeare, and more) but try to seek out authors on your own.

Because most of the people mentioned grew up in a different era, they spent a big portion of their time just reading the encyclopedia.  Many of them would eventually read every encyclopedia volume letter.   These people had an insatiable need to learn new things. 

When these people walked to class, they were probably reading a book or a magazine (in those days, it was a paper book).  Some of these people even got injured walking into things because they were reading. 

Most of these people had parents that asked them to READ LESS. 

Today the encyclopedia is free and on the internet.  But today the encyclopedia is so big that it would be impossible to read in a lifetime — so today choices about what you read could be a bit harder.  But reading is still really important.

Play acting
At an early age, most of these people spent more time play-acting than others.  Very few of these people spent their time playing organized sports … they instead were in their bedroom, backyard, or nearby park playing by themselves.  They were letting their imagination run wild.

They were imagining themselves as secret agents, slaying dragons, marshaling their toy soldiers to do battle, starting businesses, dealing with family situations, and more.

Experimenting
It is amazing how many successful people lit things on fire, blew things up, captured and studied bugs, built bird nests, and more.  My guess is that every single one of the people listed subjected themselves to multiple electric shocks (some on accident, some on purpose). 

They were building, creating, viewing, and observing.  And they were the ones in charge of the experiment — they were the prodders.

Lots of creative activities
While most of the people listed are known for their right-brained prowess, most spent a very large percentage of their childhood and adolescence doing very creative things.  They were writing short stories and plays, painting, sculpting, writing poems and lyrics, writing computer programs, and more.

Creating versus Consuming
Reading, watching wonderful movies, listening to music, etc. are all great ways to spend time.  But they are passive — these are consuming functions. 

Most of these successful people spent a large percentage of their time creating vs. consuming.  They were building things, starting things, etc.  This is really important.

Today it is harder to spend time creating because there are so many more options to consume.  In the days when most of the above people grew up, one would get bored pretty quickly of the consuming options (usually the best option was to read a book or watch bad television) where today there are just so many more options.  In fact, the tablet is essentially designed to maximize consumption (unlike the PC which is a better tool for creation). 

Get away from the social pressures of school
School, especially middle school and high school, is socially incredibly high pressure for everyone.  People are jockeying for position and cliques are forming and unwinding constantly.  There is a "Game of Thrones" aspect to the social standing within high school that is ultra competitive and hard to escape.  

By spending time alone, people get needed breaks from the high school Game of Thrones.  Alone-time allows you to spend time actually exploring yourself (rather than spending time conforming to some sort of norm).

Today, alone-time is frowned upon
Something happened in the last 30 years to encourage parents to spend more time with their kids.  Another huge trend has been for parents to give their kids opportunities by enrolling them in lots of sports, weekend classes, summer learning retreats, and more.

While there are so many good things about the trend of more involved parenting, one of the very important unintended consequences is that kids have significantly less alone-time than they once did.  And even when they are alone, they have the means to be a part of of the larger group through social networks, SMS, and more.  So it is harder of them to escape the social pressures of school.

So we should expect the best strategy for kids today to not be the same as the best strategy for past generations.  But most everyone (young and old) — especially those that have good social lives and have been reasonably successful — could use more time alone and more time to themselves.

How did successful people spend their time when they were young, between the ages of 10 and 22?