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Matt Lillywhite

Here's How Video Games Made Me More Productive

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Matt Lillywhite
Matt Lillywhite
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“You’ll never get anywhere in life by playing video games.”

That’s what my Mom told me a few years ago when I was sitting in my bedroom playing Call Of Duty. Back then, she didn’t know the creative benefits of video games. Neither did I. But I thought they were fun and played them as much as humanly possible.

Now, the benefits are clear. In moderation, video games can have incredible benefits for creativity and productivity. Quoting an article published by the American Psychological Association:

“While one widely held view maintains that playing video games is intellectually lazy, such play actually may strengthen a range of cognitive skills such as spatial navigation, reasoning, memory, and perception.”

The article also states that video games can improve mood, mental health, and general problem-solving skills. After all, they’re relaxing and can often be used to reduce any feelings of stress.

I recently adopted a habit of playing video games for an hour or two each day. And within a reasonably short amount of time, I’ve noticed massive improvements in my ability to focus on my work and stay productive.

Here’s why:

A Fear Of Failure Can Be Obliterated

According to Harvard Business Review, “Behind many fears is worry about doing something wrong, looking foolish, or not meeting expectations. In other words, fear of failure. By framing a situation you’re dreading differently before you attempt it, you may be able to avoid some stress and anxiety.”

Grand Theft Auto V is one of my favorite games. In it, you have to complete various missions to make progress in the storyline. However, they’re often difficult, and it takes a lot of trial and error to succeed. So, once I learn what I’m doing wrong, it’s easier to adjust my actions and complete the mission.

Learning how to deal with failure in video games has changed my life. The reason? When I’m having difficulty doing something, I evaluate my actions to figure out what I’m doing wrong. Then I modify my approach to complete the task more efficiently.

The difference between success and failure is (often) not giving up. So by frequently dealing with failure and frustration in video games, you will probably find it much easier to persevere in the real world.

Rewards Make It Easier To Get Things Done

Research published by CNBC shows that “one of the most critical aspects of sustainable self-motivation is pleasure and joy, and a reward system is a fantastic way to help accomplish this. Not only is rewarding yourself for reaching goals a good self-care technique, but it also changes the chemistry of our brains and can make us more motivated.”

Dopamine levels in a specific region of the brain were found to play a significant role in people’s ability to be self-motivated in a study that contrasted motivated and lazy people’s brains. Plus, dopamine is released in anticipation of a reward, so rewarding yourself for accomplishments can help you stick to your goals.

When you complete a mission in a video game, you usually receive a prize or reward. This could be in the form of medals, virtual currency, new characters, or anything else that will motivate you to complete more missions in the future.

When I finish my work for the day, I treat myself to a mango smoothie. It’s a fantastic incentive that motivates me to work more efficiently and complete tasks as quickly as possible.

Whenever you accomplish a task or finish your daily schedule, consider rewarding yourself. For example, you could watch a movie or go for a long walk in the park. Implementing this strategy may motivate you to be more productive because you will have something to look forward to each day.

My productivity and work ethic have skyrocketed since I began playing video games every day. After all, I’m no longer afraid of failure and reward myself whenever I accomplish my work for the day.

Of course, it’s no secret that video games can negatively impact your mental health when played excessively. But in moderation, they can be highly beneficial for your productivity and emotional wellbeing.

So if you want to be more productive and work more efficiently, consider treating your life like a video game. Obliterate your fear of failure and incentivize yourself to get things done. The effect those strategies could have on your life is profound. So what are you waiting for?

Start now.