- studying the Bible (not just reading but actual legit study)
- worshipping Jesus (canned or guitar)
- intercessory prayer
- logging transactions in my checkbook
- reading (spiritual and fiction)
- writing (blogs, personal letters, stories, poems, songs, journaling)
- cleaning cleaning cleaning cleaning cleaning
- walking Sophie the Wonder Basset
- taking care of my truck
- working out (aerobic and anaerobic)
- working on stuff to graduate in a month
- practicing for my voice lesson
So, being the amateur economist I am, I figured I'd look at my perks, my carrots and sticks if you will. The carrots that seem to draw me are the momentary pleasures of what I'd rather distract myself with; the only sticks are guilt, which is quickly washed away with some other distraction.
One idea that has stuck out to me has been the thought of monetarily rewarding or punishing myself based on my own performance. Here's the problem: I pretty much spend my money however I want, as long as I have it to spend. If I spend it all, there's nobody to suffer but me, and I can suck it up. If I want something, there's nothing but the desire to save for something greater that will keep me from spending it. So I had the thought today: set a goal for every day on the night before, and if I fail to meet said goal, I put the money in an envelope where I can't spend it.
Wait, so where's it going to go in the end? Savings? that wouldn't help, I'll eventually spend it again, and I'll just be rewarding myself long-term. Missions? Yeah, great idea. "Hey, brother in Christ, here's a few hundred dollars because I suck as a person. If my system works like it should, I can give you less money next month!" Then again, I've always wanted to get into micro-financing, but never thought to set the money aside. That way, I'm helping people, my money gets used for good causes, and it produces some measure of return for me.
So that's me. What about you? How do you deal with ways in which you feel like you suck as a person? How do you self-regulate?