I survived last week without playing Candy Crush….see my last week’s post Wasting time…
Okay, let me qualify that a bit….I survived last week without spending too much time playing Candy Crush. I ended last week at level 1170 and I am just on level 1172.
Needless to say, it was tough in the beginning….
“How can I give up on two hours of free lives?” I remember thinking as I pressed the “claim prize” button…
Well, I clearly impressed myself when after 15 mins (yes, I actually put a timer on my Iphone), I swiped away the Candy Crush app…
So, as with any challenge, it started off pretty tough. It was like breaking a bad habit but as days passed by, it became easier.
I started reading The Art of Happiness which is based on insights from the Dalai Lama and when it just became too preachy at 8am while riding the train, I started another book that I found in the deep recesses of my book shelf, the Automatic Millionaire by David Bach. It was a really old book (copyright 2003) that I got free when I worked for a bank. It is actually a pretty simple book and an easy read so you don’t have to be a financial genius to read it. I think it has a really good concept…”pay your self first…and make it automatic!” Let me know if you want to borrow it and I will see how I can get it out to you…hahahaha!
So, in the past week, as I had to replace the time I usually spend playing Candy Crush to actually thinking about how I can get ahead in achieving financial freedom…at 55.
I went through my finances and looked at a few investing ideas and came up with a plan to maybe curb a few expenses that I found out was getting a little out of hand….I actually found this app called Mint that tracked my expenses and it seems my gas and fuel expense is overbudget by $48 and I have $3 left in my budget for alcohol and bars.
At any rate, what I want to convey here is not to get into investing or finding the most awesome app out there, but that sometimes pausing and not have Candy Crush (or Facebook or Pinterest) get away with all your precious time. Maybe when you are walking with your baby in your stroller or on a long run on a nice Sunday morning to actually look up, ahead, and around…instead of posting what your status is on snapchat or Instagram…..It sounds surprising, but it does happen!
I realize this past week that my time is precious and I would rather spend it on what is meaningful to me.
Of course, I am not going to give up Candy Crush (are you crazy!!!), I just am going to keep it in check. Five lives for a day and if I still can’t get past the level after five lives, I am not going to go on my settings and change the time so I get a new set of five lives….(Candy Crushers–you know what I’m talking about!!)
Have a good week, everyone!