I've been with BLAEO for over 3 years now, and I seem to be doing better than I used to. I'm more effective at finishing what I started. Especially that I've been working on not fixating over achievements, and not wasting my time on mmos or other compulsion inducing grinders. I still slip up sometimes, and I don't have the best assassination rate yet (although it gradually does get better and better), but hey - it's process. Overall, I've stopped avoiding long games, or anything that would slow down my progress numbers, instead I decided to just have fun with whatever I'm playing at that moment.
2018 Update (still relevant in 2019)
► new acquisitions (purchases, trades, or gifts) shall be played ASAP, and thus no new backlog shall grow GGG - General Gaming Guidelines
Gaming resolutions 20191.
I will try to beat all the remaining 21 unplayed games added to my library in 2018.
I will then work my way through 84 unplayed added in 2017, as many as I can.
► preferably one game at a time
► if rotating few games, I should keep it to reasonably low amount that won't make me abandon anything
► avoid mmos, multiplayer, or compulsion inducing games
► don't start early access games until they release, play fully released & complete games in backlog first
► try to avoid too many challenges, or events interfering with my gaming habits
► try to post on BLAEO every time when I'm finished with a game
My smiley system is very subjective and personal. It mainly boils down to whether or not I enjoyed the game myself, whether or not I had fun while playing, and how much entertainment I got out of it. The game being good or bad objectively (as much as it can be determined) doesn't matter here. Only what I felt about it after finishing it (so it's just for fully beaten/completed games, not first impressions).
• games I enjoyed substantially, I had a lot of fun playing them
• even if they had issues, those didn't impact my enjoyment, or not enough to make a dent
• something about them resonated well with me
• I personally liked them (probably quite a lot even)
• and even if it wasn't something widely liked by other people, it did fit my personal tastes really well
• if I had infinite time, I would probably replay them
• games I found to be nice, or nice enough
• either they were good, but they had way too many issues to ignore, which lowered my enjoyment
• or I found them to be lukewarm, but I still consider time spent playing to be pleasant enough
• or they simply might have been mediocre, subpar even, or just m-kay (nothing to write home about) but I don't regret playing them, nor consider time on them wasted
• some of them I might have enjoyed almost as much as but they didn't feel as fun to warrant a full smiley either
• games I did not enjoy
• either really bad, or not that bad (good enough even), but with myriad issues that killed my enjoyment and sucked out most of the fun
• or just a complete clunky technical mess I had no patience for
• even if they seemed nice at first, they might have turned out to be completely misaligned with my expectations or preferences by the time I was finished
• playing those made me frustrated, irritated, angry, utterly bored, or very disappointed