Get a better handle on your time management skills by playing these 4 free-to-play games.
A lot of people like to complain about free-to-play games because they include things like cool-down times that stymie game progress. Realistically, these complaints are totally ridiculous because the games wouldn’t be free-to-play if they didn’t include some kind of catch to generate revenue, like the option to pay to skip over a cool-down.
The problem isn’t with the free-to-play business model; the problem is that we’re looking at it the wrong way. And by that I mean we always look at it as an affront when it’s not. It’s a learning opportunity.
No, it’s true. We can learn a lot about time management from free-to-play games. What can we learn about time management from free-to-play games, you ask? Try these 4 free-to-play games on for size and see for yourself.
What can a fantasy MMORPG set in a world where monsters from the underworld are storming through a portal known as the Felspire teach us about time management? Well, playing Felspire can teach you the value of delegation, an essential skill to time management.
A cornerstone of good time management is the ability to recognize when a task is better suited for someone else. Knowing when to entrust an assignment to someone else and then selecting the right person for the job frees up your schedule to focus on more important issues at hand.
In Felspire, recognizing that you can delegate the endless grinding of enemies is best suited to the autopilot function. This allows you to focus on more important things like PvP matches and guild raids. Getting comfortable with letting the computer pick up the slack of menial tasks like leveling can help nurture your ability to recognize tasks that require your full attention and those that don’t.
Forge of Empires
All MMORTS games force players to think critically about their priorities, but that’s especially true in Forge of Empires. With only a limited number of moves, upgrades, etc. that can be made before running into a cool-down, playing Forge of Empires exercises this essential time management skills.
Prioritization is one of the most misunderstood and misused time management skills. Most people try to prioritize too late in the process, itemizing a task list of things that don’t belong on a list of priorities at all. Prioritization should not begin with a focus on getting more work done. Prioritization should always begin with eliminating the tasks you should not be performing at all.
With the correct method of time management prioritization in mind, try playing Forge of Empires as a way to exercise your ability to recognize priorities. To help you get the ball rolling, here are the things you can immediately eliminate from your list of priorities: advancing to a new age shouldn’t be done until you’re absolutely ready, polishing/motivating Stone Age items isn’t worth your time, save your forge point until the end of an Age, etc.
League of Angels
Regardless of what you are trying to do, there will always be something competing for your attention, which is why focus is such an important time management skill.
Learning to block out distractions and focus at the task at hand isn’t easy, but playing League of Angels could help. League of Angels is an MMORPG with frenetic action and nearly nude angels floating overhead, kicking some major ass. If you can manage to stay focused on monster slaying without too much swooning over your sexy guardian angel, you might just be able to apply the same level of focus to the rest of your life.
Not to mention, the massive amounts of mini-games and side quests available to you in League of Angels will be vying for your attention. So maintaining focus is key to making progress.
Star Trek: Alien Domain
Pressure is not a bad thing. It can be a great motivator to take action and succeed. However, there’s a fine line between pressure motivating and causing a meltdown from stress. Time management skills and stress management skills are intertwined because they have one major controlling factor: you have to understand that it is better to prevent the problem occurring than having to deal with it once it does occur.
That said, Star Trek: Alien Domain can help you internalize this lesson. This MMORTS game set in the darkest reaches of the Star Trek universe is fun but stressful. Your base and star fleet will be constantly under attack from other players, evil alien species and the fear of all your progress being undone is palatable. Learning how to prevent these problems in game will help you keep a handle on things elsewhere in life.