Managing Screen Time & Success: Tips from The Pros

Today, the average person spends more time in front of a screen than ever before. Oftentimes, people split their time on a screen between work and recreation.

After all, most jobs require at least minimal interaction with electronics and touch screens. The same goes for many hobbies, as well.

It’s the latter that can get people into trouble after a long day. After spending hours at work on a screen, they’re often faced with another long stretch of screen time if they want to relax. This is particularly relevant for gamers, creators, and artists.

The vast majority of them, whether still in the realm of hobbyists or full-time pros, spend long stretches in front of screens.

What’s more, they still need to be able to concentrate on the task at hand. So, if you’re looking to learn a few tricks to help you stay focused even when the blue light rays are in full force, then take a look at this advice from some of the world’s most screen-stuck hobbyists and pros.

Poker Pros Get Into a ‘Comfort Zone

The world’s most popular card game is poker—and the most common way to play is online. Hopeful pros who one day wish to make the most of their money playing Texas Hold’em and Omaha are likely to first cut their teeth playing online. In fact, online poker tournaments are incredibly varied with this purpose in mind, offering beginner, intermediate, and other categories.

The average tournament can run from four to eight hours. That’s a lot of time to spend critically analyzing games, hands, and other players. So, how do pros get in the zone and stay there?

One of the simplest tips is to get comfortable. By setting up a comfy gaming area, complete with elements like fresh water and healthy snacks, a pro can set their space (and brain and body) up for success.

eSports Athletes Train the Brain

Just like poker pros, eSports gamers will spend copious amounts of time before a screen. And they also need to keep their brain performing at a high level if they want to compete with other top-tier gamers. To do this, many eSports teams today employ nutritionists—just like a traditional sports team.

The goal is to fuel the brain for long stints of powerful cognitive thinking and reacting. So, if you want to prep your brain to handle long periods of screen-staring and quick thinking, then focus on a diet that provides plenty of Omega 3 fats, fiber, and lots of vitamins and calcium.

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Live Streamers Follow Their Interests

So far, we’ve focused on how to keep the body and brain activated for long stints of gaming. However, there’s another challenge for those who might be stuck staring at a screen. For live streamers who use platforms like Twitch and YouTube, the goal isn’t just to play a game but to also entertain their followers.

This adds a totally new element to spending time in front of the screen. For streamers, the goal is to keep their audience engaged and keep their content steady during a session.

To accomplish this, there’s no need to set up a comfy chair or eat spinach. Instead, streamers can simply focus their channel’s content on what comes easiest to them. Rather than think of new ideas and topics all the time, they can follow their own instincts and interests to make those hours in front of a screen (and camera) a little more manageable.

Digital Illustrators Know Their Internal Clock

Lastly, illustrators and animators who work on fully digitized platforms also need to manage their time in front of a screen. This is true for both hobbyists and professionals. So, how can someone maximize their experience when creating on a screen?

Most recommend sticking to an internal clock. That means they should know when their body and brain are most alert and prepared to think critically and imaginatively. This trick helps to minimize the number of hours they’ll need to spend in front of a screen in the first place.

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