You can’t just decide, arbitrarily, that it’s “important” to rank up and then throw massive amounts of your time and energy in pursuit of this thing without asking the fundamental question: should I be doing this at all?
You seriously need to take a moment and ask yourself if improving at Overwatch is the best use of your time. By saying “Yes” to this game, you’re saying “no” to everything else, things that will ACTUALLY and substantively reward you for the time, effort, and attention you invest in them. Things that will move your life forward, and that you’ll actually have something to show for – in the real world. Things that will pay dividends BACK TO YOU, instead of a pursuit that simply drains you of your most precious resource: time.
I realize that most people want to succeed at Overwatch for status (the developers aren’t stupid, they created ranks for a reason: so that you can tie aspects of your identity with your SR/rank, and you’ll have some measure by which to compare yourself [negatively and positively] to others). This is the same pernicious incentive structure that drives people in the real world to feel envy or inadequacy when they see someone driving a fancier car or living in a nicer house. But even then, if you pursue a lifestyle that actually provides those high value material goods, you’ll have created massive personal value and skill in the process (even if your reasons for doing so weren’t ideal). With Overwatch, or gaming in general, it doesn’t give much of anything back. It mostly steals your time and creates massive opportunity costs (an opportunity cost is the loss you incur through missed opportunities).
And there’s a reason why people mostly talk about ranking up, or getting better in order TO RANK UP. Ranking up is a status thing. But really, what status is there in ranking up? Where’s the value? It would even be one thing to say “I’m going to submit to the process of becoming a better Overwatch player because I’m driven by mastery itself. And in that sense, winning, losing, or ranking up wouldn’t matter since your goals are skill-based and ideological, and are not tied to the pursuit of near-meaningless virtual, online status.
It also makes sense to ask yourself whether you think people who’ve reached diamond, or master, or GM, or whatever rank you’re trying to get to are any happier or generally better off because they’ve reached that rank. Would they be better off if they had spent all that time and energy actually doing something much more useful and productive? Or at least pursuing an interest or hobby that actually made them happier and offered real growth and fulfillment.
Look at the hundreds or thousands of hours you’ve put into this game and consider what else you could’ve done with that time, all the other things you’ve could’ve been great at. Things you’d be on your way to mastering. Ask yourself if what you’ve gotten BACK from Overwatch – what it’s given you in return for your time, effort, and frustration – has been rewarding, satisfying, or useful. Was it your best option?
If yes, then by all means, jump back on that hamster wheel.
If no, it’s time to move on to greener pastures.