Keep track of how much time you spent on betting. Furthermore, make sure that you have days in your calendar where you do not spend any time on betting at all. Practice good time management, set rules for yourself that you are comfortable with and regularly evaluate with yourself whether you are able to comply with these.
Be aware that repetitive and fast live betting can increase the risk of you losing track of your time spent on betting.
Why should I worry about my time consumption?
Many players play to experience an extra rush when watching a CS:GO match, tennis match or other sporting events that they enjoy. While this rush can be pleasant, it can also cause you to lose track of time. Especially if you are playing in fast live markets, or constantly looking for the best odds.
Often, advice on how to play responsibly is about financial consumption, for example planning how much money you want to spend on betting on a specific day or period. While it is of course important to keep track of your financial spending, it is also essential that you keep track of your time spent. Overconsumption of betting in terms of time can, in bad cases, lead to you neglecting other activities such as physical activities, as well as work and study-related tasks. In addition, it can also lead to you neglecting your relationships.
How do you keep track of time?
Some operators offer tools such as stopwatches and time limits, to help players keep track of their time spent on betting. If your preferred operator offers such a tool, it may be beneficial for you to use this as it can help you decide in advance how much time you want to spend on betting – and in general, make it easier for you to monitor whether you are complying with your time consumption plans. If your preferred operator does not offer such a tool, you can help yourself by setting an alarm on a stopwatch or on your cell phone.
Another possibility is that you write down how much time you think you spend on betting during a week – and that you then subsequently track how much time you actually spend over a few weeks. Remember to include the time you spend researching and planning potential bets. If you significantly underestimate your time consumption, it may be a sign that you should set time limits for yourself, and keep a closer eye on your betting time consumption in general.
How much is too much?
It is difficult to say exactly how much time is too much, as this will vary from player to player. One recommendation is that you choose the amount of time you want to be comfortable sharing with a close friend or family member.
If you are experiencing difficulties with gambling yourself or you see that one of your friends is having problems, please do not hesitate to seek support and counselling from professional advisers who can assist you in gambling-related issues. Gambling Therapy is a global service providing free practical advice and emotional support to anyone affected by gambling.
Always practice responsible gambling. You must be 18+ to play.