Rewarding Yourself (Productivity)


I hate farming.  Going around and around in circles makes me dizzy.  Other players love it, the thrill of hunting treasures, the comfort of full bags, and an opportunity to think in peace.

I love the Auction House.  The mental agility of juggling numbers in my head, the cut and thrust of AH PVP.  I know other players feel swamped and overwhelmed and prefer to simply craft with their professions and get them on the AH with no fuss.

It’s the same for mapping out your daily routine.  Some of you will happily storm through garrison chores and still have spare energy to farm Tanaan for Medallions of the Legion.  I know other readers struggle to summon enthusiasm for more than one garrison a day.

So I thought I’d share my tips for building good gold habits and avoiding burnout.


Building Good Gold Habits and Avoiding Burnout

Split your play time up into chunks of 15 minutes.  If you hate a particular job, you’ll know it will all be over in 15 minutes.  I don’t like farming, so I only allocate 2 x 15 minute slots, then rush to the AH.

Vary your tasks.

Example: Argent Tournament dailies used to bore the socks off me, but it’s been so long since I was there, I might enjoy it again.

I might even re-discover old methods others have forgotten.

When was the last time you:

  • Ran Firelands.
  • Hunted rares in Silithus.
  • Boosted (for gold) a twink player in an old raid.
  • Farmed transmog in Blackwing Lair.
  • Farmed herbs and ore in Scholazar Basin.
  • Fished in Deepholm.
  • Prospected Ore.
  • Picked up the pets in the Consortium Stormspire, Outland.
  • Just examples – dig through your own memories.

Ok, sure, the gold-per-hour of some of these old gold methods are lower than your optimal gph.  But the gph of all these methods is a damn sight higher than the gph of logging out of WoW because you’re burnt out and fed up.   Here comes the tweetable!

[bctt tweet=”A change is as good as a rest – TGQ”]

Reward Yourself

After one chore or one chunk of time, reward yourself, either ingame or out.

  • Make yourself a coffee
  • Run a battleground with friends.
  • Farm a mount.
  • Organise a mythic dungeon.
  • Stretch your legs.
  • Make dinner.
  • Check twitter.
  • Listen to a podcast. 
  • Whatever you enjoy!

twitpiAbout the Author

The Gold Queen is written by Alyzande. With many level 100s, 9 years expertise in making gold, 11 garrisons, 17k+ achievements, 1593 days played, and over 32 million gold earned. The Gold Queen blog teaches you how to make gold playing World of Warcraft using ethical trading, auction house flipping, crafting, reselling snatch lists, and farming gold making.