Well, it happend to me, when I took a "brake" I never manedge to fix it, I just tryed to think, what is the best? Sincie it was merley a month to summer holidays, I didn't play... So I recomend you not to play, try complete school, and then see wow as a revard! :)
I'm currently not able to play (not much at least) since my laptop broke and I depend on my brother's computer, and he's not very friendly. When I was in college (it's summer here, btw) it was fine: my laptop was OK and I had time for a couple of dungeons and maybe completing some seasonal achievements, but it took me some time to figure out the best balance between studying and gaming. It is possible: you just have to try different things (of course, before exams you MUST forbid yourself from playing!)
Hey, I wrote about this exactly 9 months ago. :P
Heh, mod fight, but I know that feeling.
Work from 8-4, relationship, a daughter, a house to clean.. I haven't had time to really play since I was pregnant. And that's 5 years ago. I can log in and do some worthless achievements just for the fun of it, but I still miss playing.
Sleep less, that is what I do when I want to play.On few nights a week, I stay up till 2-3 in the night and sleep few hours before I go to work. I get solid 3-5h playing time that way. Usually I start between 10 and 11 when other go to bed.Oh, I have kids, wife, work and so forth.
I have a wife and kid, my old work hours were 4:30pm - 12:30am, I would play for 3hrs when I got home and sometimes 3 hours before I went in (this is of course as long as I manage to wake up by 10am. That gave me 6hrs of play time each day and I didnt think that would be possible but it was, I would raid at night after getting home and it worked out pretty well.
On few nights a week, I stay up till 2-3 in the night and sleep few hours before I go to work. I get solid 3-5h playing time that way. Usually I start between 10 and 11 when other go to bed.Same here. Evenings are reserved for the wife and kid, and some nights I'm tired enough to go to bed when they do. I have quit raiding because of this, although I'm still in my raiding guild for the occasional retro raid. But several nights every week, I log in to WoW after the house is quiet, and play until my eyes get bleary. Sometimes that's an hour (the daily 5-man and a few reputation quests on my main), and sometimes it's five hours (the weekly raid quest, daily 5-mans on several alts, plus some mining and herbing while waiting in queues). I also have a standing date with a guildie to play alts on Sunday morning, while the family is out for church/errands.My advice: adjust your standards for "an unbroken string of free time." You can go quite far in short nibbles of play time, especially if you set yourself manageable goals. Here's one example: I wanted Well Read but it takes a while; one night I fell asleep waiting for the Menethil-Theramore boat. So I made up a little chart, and every night (usually while LFG) I would visit one of the locations and read a book. Same thing for reputation: if you're like me, and the thought of grinding Winterspring Frostsaber makes you want to claw your eyes out, just do one or two quests while queued in the Dungeon Finder, then run your 5-man, then go do something else.
Do what I do. Stock the fridge with some Red Bulls and choose a day when you'll stay up through the night and through the next day. Honestly, I'd never get to play if I didn't do this. I'm in college, have a full-time job, a wife, and 3 kids (including two-and-a-half year old twins). Quite a few in my guild live in Australia, so the raids start at about midnight server time; that's the perfect time for me to get going!While I can't devote even a little time to WoW throughout the week, I know that on Tuesday evenings I'm going to get a solid 10-12 hours to escape into Azeroth.
Hey, I wrote about this exactly 9 months ago. :PI know!
I have pretty bad insomnia, I always have time for WoW.Well, that and my inability to care about school.
All it takes is an hour, every now and then. Half to an hour of questing is enough to get about 4-5 levelling quests done, or one 'mini-zone'/vicinity. Do that once, twice a week, and you'll find you get through at a decent pace.The problem is when you set that time aside, and then it gets interrupted. That's generally the issue that I have, meaning that I can't queue myself up for a dungeon unless I know that I'll definitely have time free.
I moved to a new city (from a country bumpkin town a thousand miles away), and was so caught up in finding work, an apartment, and a social life, that WoW quickly slipped further and further from my mind. I regret the fact, since I count my guildmates among my friends! I look forward to getting back into it once work quiets down. WoW will always be there for us, no matter how long we're afk! Well, except Tuesdays.
I like that some one asked, I really had that issue 5 months ago, I have Dk 80, and Rogue 72I am married for 9 months now, after I got married I had a break for about 4 months, but I missed the game so much, I had to say that I didn't have a chance to progress at Ulduar.any way I am working 10 hours daily my work starts at 6:00AM server time (8:00 AM here) and I get home about 5:00 PM server time (7:00PM here) and omw I pass by my wife's Job and pick her up, may be we go to mall or something to buy any thing or just to have a walk.any way how i manage my time, I made a deal with my wife to make me Raid without a problems. so she knows my schedule as she may jump on my PC and says " Hey, I wanna go out , I wanna go shopping , I wanna I wanna, etc".we are a Raiding guild so every thing is scheduled , Farming Raids, Progression Raids and so on.I just log before Raid with 10 min, to buy flasks , food and so on, After Raid I can do my Daily hc, sadly I can't Farm GOLD , mats and so on, as it take too much time. I can't Level my Rogue , I think if I logged on him now I will find him dead as he got so bored :D.my idea is Schedule your Raids, if you can't Raid with your Guild, just make 3 nights starting from 7:00Am to 11:00 AM, and when you are ready to Raid find a new Guild that Raids during that time of the dayfor my good luck most of my Guild are 30+, I am 26+ and already have a Job, so every one of us has real life problems during the day, work, wife , kids, even parents,btw we have no Raids during Saturday, and Sunday, which is your week end :D
" Hey, I wanna go out , I wanna go shopping , I wanna, I wanna, etc".Not married yet, but have the same girlfriend for almost 6 years now, and she's at times pretty @#$%ed on WoW. I'm working and getting my master's at the same time, so WoW has very little space in my life but still I manage to squeeze some of it in my schedule by skipping some sleep. Not to much because I fell asleep at work once, and that's a no no.
After work, time with the wife, military, gym and housework I consider Wow my main hobbie. I have no attention for TV, I am tired of the bar scene. I dont play any other games besides this one. I have a feeling when I start school again WoW is gonna go bye bye for a while.
Well, since I'm in school, I have pretty much time to play... I do well in school and such, the only thing I really can't do is hardcore raiding. The "only" thing that suffers from my playing is my social life, I guess. On a break now though, haven't played for a month or something, so I working on that.
Military service, atm served 1 of 6 months... Not very much time for wow :P
I'm pretty much married since my fiancee lives with me but we don't have kids yet so it's a little easier for me to play. For me I have my job, 8-5, and that's about it. My fiancee plays with me but of course there are nights when she would rather cuddle up and watch a movie or something but her enjoying the game helps. I think one of the main things that takes up our time after work is dinner. I think if you can keep dinner nice and short it helps. Basically the last few nights we I've grilled hamburgers which are so easy and nice and quick.Another thing that takes up a chunk of time is going to the grocery store so we usually try to stock up on stuff so we don't have to go so often. Ever since we started playing WoW we haven't really watched much TV and when I do watch TV I'm not very interested in whats on lol. As for the "housework" we usually try to keep everything picked up. Weekends are great for me because I can stay up late and I'm an early bird so I'm usually up at 8. I think there are ways to play, you just have to manage your time.
I get busy at work sometimes for extended periods of time which makes raiding and gearing up in the 80's tough. I've found that when I need to tend to other things in RL, switching over to a PvP alt works out nicely. In doing so I let go of all the obligations I've set for my main, i.e., dailies, randoms, rep grinding, etc... and I can come and go without agonizing over things I haven't yet accomplished.This seems to be a pretty solid psychological mechanism and free's up my time and, most importantly, doesn't require me to completely leave Azeroth... because that would just be nuts :)