This is nothing new, I wonder this all the time. But it’s back on my mind thanks to the news that patch 5.2 will be released in a couple of weeks and I am not prepared for it. Again. As usual. I would love to figure out why I stay so behind. I spend A LOT of hours logged into this game over the course of a week and still I’ve never capped Valor, don’t remember to tend my farm every day, have yet to step foot in LFR, only run an average of 2 heroics a week, still don’t have my Cloud Serpent mount, etc. etc. The list goes on and on.

I can’t blame it on transmogging because I only have 1 (recently completed) transmog outfit for 1 character. I can’t blame it on pet battles because I only have 1 team formed and they are at level 15ish. As far as dailies go, I hit exalted with the Tillers and got everyone to be my best friend very early on but since then the only other rep I’ve completed is Golden Lotus. I haven’t even started several of them. And this is my main, Elfindale, I’m talking about. I have a level 90 on the Horde side who’s accomplished nothing more than opening up all the farm plots. And no, I don’t tend my farm every day on that toon either, thanks for asking.

What the fuck do I do with my time in-game? It’s something I’ve been asking myself for the past 5 years. There is something about WoW that causes me to develop situational ADD, I swear (does not affect me when I do heroics or actual raiding). I log in with no sense of “first this, then this, then this” and I find myself mousing over other players in the area because I like what they’re wearing or to see the name of the mount they’re riding. Then I check my mail. Then I stare at Accountant for 5 minutes and wonder why I don’t make more gold than I do (psst.. it’s because I don’t do enough dailies or heroics or anything at all really).

Then I fuck around with all the stupid shit I carry in my bags that I have no use for but cannot bring myself to delete because OMG THE NOVELTY OF THIS THING (I’m looking at you, Ancient Amber). Then I go to the bank and organize it and look at all the stupid shit I have in there which I have no use for. I stand there several minutes and contemplate deleting things. Then I realize I should be doing something, so I head out to the Shrine’s patio and survey the vast land of opportunity before me. Then I pull up my bags again and wonder if I should store some of the useless crap in the bank with the other useless crap (volatile orbs, landsharks, ugh). I’m also chatting with the guild and/or real ID friends during all of this, which likely slows me down a hair but I will never stop doing. In fact, I would love to have more real ID friends for chatting. Battletag Elfi#1350. Hit me up.

Now where was I? Oh that’s right, standing around not accomplishing anything. I tab out to catch up on Twitter. Tab back in. Remember I wanted to look up how to get that cool object/mount/gear/pet, tab back out to google it. Read every comment on WoWhead just because they’re there. Tab back in. Catch up on guild chat. Scroll through last few minutes of general and trade for God knows what reason. Oh hey, I should fly out to the farm. Take flightpath, tab out to catch up on Twitter. Jump into a Twitter conversation and get ignored (off-subject, but it happens to me a lot). Tab back into game & forget why I flew to this spot. Hearth to Shrine. Immediately remember I was going to farm. /facepalm. Take flight path back. Decide I should gather some herbs while I’m in the area. Spend the next 30 minutes alternating between gathering herbs and tabbing back out to see if I’m actually going to get a reply on Twitter. Spoiler alert: I usually don’t.

Tab back into game, decide I’m tired of gathering herbs. Hearth back to Shrine. DAMMIT I WAS GOING TO FARM. Maybe I should actually run a heroic or do something useful. Queue for heroic, fly to farm. Decide I would be better off working on my DK alt because I really want her to be at 90 before patch 5.2 drops. Switch to DK alt without ever taking care of my farm. Quest on DK alt for a few minutes then decide to head to Stormwind to see if I can make money playing the AH. Stare at AH for 20 minutes and realize I don’t have enough starting capital to do much playing on the AH. Head back out to quest. Decide I should have looked for cool transmog stuff for my DK because everyone needs to be transmogged at level 70, right? Hearth back to Stormwind and look at AH some more. Reprimand myself for not leveling faster, head back out for questing.

By this time, I haven’t eaten dinner, haven’t done any exercising, need to get ready for work and once again, accomplished nothing. I mean, obviously I’m exaggerating this a bit (no, not really) and not every day is quite this ridiculous (but close). I’m seriously considering actually writing out a daily action plan. Something along the lines of:
1. login to Elfindale, immediately queue for heroic
2. while waiting on queue, immediately fly to farm and ACTUALLY TEND FARM
3. if still waiting on heroic queue, do Klaxxi dailies (I’m close to exalted with them, amazingly)
4. While flying to Dread Wastes, pick herbs
5. After heroic, login to Krisstalys (lvl 90 Horde) and tend farm
6. Login to Morrissa (DK alt I want to get to 90) and queue for random dungeon
7. while waiting for dungeon, complete quests

It seems silly that I would need to write down such simple things and I often wonder if I would even actually follow the plan if I did ever write it up. It’s not like I’m incapable of intelligent thought, I should be able to just do these things because I know they need to be done. Which is why I swear WoW triggers some sort of attention deficit for me. I just don’t seem to be able to resist getting distracted by all the shiny things.

I am curious if any others out there find they have a similar issue OR if any of you have some advice on how you manage to do more in 2 hours a night than I do in 4 hours a night. I’m not even kidding, I want to know. Because I’m really disappointed that I probably won’t have my DK to 90 before the patch and that a new raid will once again come out before I ever see the current raid. I need to figure out how to play more efficiently. Sometimes I wonder if it’s because both of my level 90 toons are Balance druids and as such, they are not exactly lean, mean killing machines. I’ve always sworn I hate melee and have no interest in bear or cat but since I’ve been working on my death knight so much recently, I’m starting to change my opinion about melee a bit. Maybe I should consider a bear off-spec for Elfi so that dailies and other general things would go quicker. I often wonder if the fact that everything – including killing vermin on my farm – takes so damn long and is so painful sort of subconsciously keeps me from running out there and doing what I need to do. Of course, I’m not in the best gear thanks to my lack of gathering Valor and my absence from heroics and LFR. And there’s a terrible cycle to be stuck in… without gear I suck, because I suck I don’t do the things that could get me gear. Awesome.

What do you guys do to maximize your efficiency in game? How many people think druids suck? What advice can you guys give me on overcoming this problem?

Comments on: "The One Where I Wonder What’s Wrong With Me" (9)

  1. Kimber said:

    It’s a good thing you crack me up or I’d have to beat you senseless. I totally get the ADD thing. Sadly though, my ADD affects me differently… in an OCD way. By the time reset comes along on Tuesday I have three toons at 950+ valor each. So lame. If I cap one, the other two will cap much quicker with the 50% valor buff increase. But nooooo. It’s some sort of twisted sickness to do shit the hard way and being fully aware of the wasted time and energy it takes. I need meds?
    Well anyway, with that said we’re going to group together every Tuesday (with me as heals) and do LFR. It’s a quick and relatively painless 450 valor. See? Nearly half of weekly max in a couple of hours. Ju can do eet!

    • Um.. I’m guessing this is an invite to let you drag me through LFR tonight. I suppose I should take you up on this generous offer…

      Alright, it’s a date. Thanks!

      • Kimber said:

        Reading the posts here made me realize why I do play the game…it is FUN, gd it. It’s my game, I’ll play it how I wanna play it. You need to do the same. Whatever makes you happy. There are no rules.
        But we’re still doing LFR. <3

  2. HOW DARE YOU ACTUALLY ENJOY THE GAME. IT IS A JOB, NOT FOR FUN

  3. AS long as you are having fun, that is the #1 most important thing. I’ve slogged through things that I didn’t really want to do so many times over the past two expansions, that I just plain do what I want now.

    And in case I forget by the time I get home and log on, my tag is repgrind#1492 :)

  4. It sounds like you’re having fun, which is the most important thing. If you DO want to get more accomplished in game, you’ve hit on a method that works well for me. As the game continues to grow, there ends up being more things we can do. I’d wager a lot of people don’t exhaust all of the content in any given expansion when it’s current and like me return to that content at some point in the future.

    I’ve resorted to creating two lists. I sat down one day and thought about all of the things I WANTED to accomplish in game and then ranked them into importance. One list is titled “Weekly.” On the weekly list are things like LFR runs for tier pieces, Sha of Anger kills, old raid runs for pets, mounts, transmoggables and rep. The second list is titled “Daily” and it identifies all of the things I could do on a daily basis in game: pet battle tamers, old daily quests for achievements/pets/mounts, rep grinds, etc.

    I don’t use these lists every day, but when I find myself having a bout of that WoW ADD, I’ll reference it to get pointed in the right direction.

  5. I haven’t valor capped a single week since this expansion came out, and there’s a reason for it. I realize that if I make a habit of that, I will quickly arrive at the point of no shits left to give about this game.

    It’s easy to succumb to peer pressure. People that tell you that you’re not serious about raiding, not serious about being part of the team, if you’re not working every second of your free time to be all you can be.

    Nope, not drinking the kool-aid, and anyone that wants to hate on that can just kiss my stompasauras’ scaly ass.

    Every now and then a little voice in my head pops up and chastises me for not running more dailies or heroics. I remind it hat this is a game, not a job, then take it into the kitchen, drown it in the sink, and bury it in the compost heap of life.

    Of course, my OCD tendancies to tend to make sure I’m fully occupied at all times, such as the glyph selling empire and giving each and every alt some attention at least once a month and keeping up on Tillers on two toons and etc. But it’s variety, it’s fun, and it doesn’t make me want to quit the game each and every day.

  6. I quite often think ‘what did I actually do in-game today/yesterday’ and usually I haven’t done anywhere near as much as I wanted to. Damn getting distracted easily… but I have fun :D

  7. This is my life described absolutely perfectly!

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