How to enjoy life and still keep gaming

Gaming can be balanced

We all have busy schedules, but we all have our favourite gaming hobbies too, so here’s a rundown of what you can do so that you always have enough time for gaming in your life.

Understand you need to create a balance

Back in 2001, the Xbox had just been launched,  I spent most of my time completing Halo, Project Gotham Racing and Rallisport Challenge.  I had a lot of free time so days seemed to stretch forever and I always managed to finish whatever game I was working on and still hand in my assignments on time.

Fast-forward sixteen years and things have changed.  Life has now taken over.  I am married, and I have a cat.  My work life is far busier than my college life was back then so I can only snatch brief moments of being able play my favourite videogame, Forza Horizon 3.

But I still manage to do this, because I can successfully juggle between life and my hobbies.  I know I have work commitments but I also know I need to relax as well.  That is why I always make sure I set aside some ‘me time’ so that I can always enjoy some gaming.  You can do this too, with a few tips from this article.

Decide how much time to spend gaming that works for you

If you find yourself short on time for playing the latest games, you may want to consider playing something shorter, and simpler, like a casual game you can play on your phone, or an indie game you can play on your console or PC.

Games like Candy Crush or Clash of Clans are designed to just as enjoyable as mainstream games, but they give you a blast of gaming fun whenever you need it.  These are the snacks of gaming you need when you don’t have time in your life for a full gaming meal.

When you have more time, you can go back to your main gaming meal as it were and finish off the main game that is currently number one on your playlist.  But if you want to tackle that latest RPG what you can do is set aside time during the week or weekend that you can use to play your latest big game.

This could be a few hours every weekday evening, or only on the weekends.  A game night with friends once a week is also a great way to make sure you keep enjoying videogames in-between your busy work life or schedule.

What about boardgames?

But this does not just apply to videogames.  Other forms of gaming also require time management so that you can find the right balance.  Board games are one such example.  Especially if you play against friends.  This is because you also must arrange when your friends can join and play too.

However, there are many popular board games such as For Sale, Spyfall, Codenames, Coup and Sushi Go! can all be played in under 20 minutes with friends.  These short board games mean that you don’t need to worry about not having enough time for your hobby, and your friends can all play too, without disrupting their busy schedules either, so they are perfect for board game fans with a demanding schedule.

You could also set up a board game night, one day during the week, where you have a dedicated board game session with your friends or families.  Many cities organise regular gaming nights or gaming events throughout the year.  So if you do find yourself with some spare time, check them out.  That way you can still keep on gaming.


There is no doubt that gaming can take up a lot of your time.  But this can easily be managed, with the responsibilities of adulthood. It may take some effort to juggle everything, and you may think that you do not actually have any spare time, but you always have time for gaming, it just takes patience to find the right balance for you.

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Top 100 short games! (20 mins or less), boardgamegeek, last updated 2017