I’ve spent the last few months of my WoW time running dungeons and participating in raids. When I came back from spring break, after over a week away from WoW, I decided to return to questing. I leveled my priest so quickly via dungeons and pvp that I didn’t do very many of the later quests since I didn’t need them for the experience. I discovered, in leveling tailoring, that there’s a design I can get if I do all the quests in Northrend. So I decided to give it a go. I used the same strategy I used for paying off my credit cards. I started with the area with the lowest remaining balance, an area where I was about two-thirds of the way done. It didn’t take long to complete it and I moved on to the next area, where I had about 60 quests left. I am now about 3 quests away from completing that area and the next ones have more than that left. It’s going to be a long road.
There are a couple of things I’ve learned along the way. One, some of the quests are really fun and interesting. I’ve never been one to pay much attention to the storyline of the game, but the last area I was in, Zul’Drak, had some pretty compelling stories to go with the quests. It was also very well laid out, so that one progressed through the quests easily without having to cris-cross the area much. Second, I learned that I feel compelled to finish something once I’ve gotten past a certain point and if there’s a concrete goal ahead. Once I realized that I had less than 20 quests left, out of over 100, it seemed like a no-brainer that I should finish them. Things I do in life are like that, too. If I struggle too much at the beginning of a project, I’m likely to give up. If, though, I can get over the difficulty and get to a point where I see the light at the end of the tunnel, I’m motivated to see the whole thing through. The trick for me is to figure out a way, if I am struggling early on, to get past it. Often this means breaking it down into smaller parts, asking for help, or reconfiguring the project. When I move on to my next questing area, where I have 100 quests to finish, I’ll have to think in these terms. Five quests a day, or one area a day or I’ll break up the quests with a trip into pvp or a dungeon. WoW lets you see these things more concretely, by showing a number of quests left to be done. Life isn’t always like that and it’s up to us to set the goals and try to reach them.
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