OMG if there was ever away to wake me up in the morning, this would be it!! I hate it when people/things take my money!!! :) Almost as much as I hate waking up in the morning! Haha… (well, waking up early that is – I very much like waking up and breathing!)
It doesn’t seem like this is a real clock you can actually buy at the moment unfortunately, but after googling around it DOES look like Life Hacker has a decent solution for you ;) (Or me – which I’m very tempted to try and report back on!). They recommend taping dollar bills to pieces of paper and then plugging in your paper shredder to an indoor outlet timer! Haha… Yes, I think that would definitely do the trick.
This also reminded me of another way I think you can get motivated to do something pretty damn fast. Have you ever heard of Stickk.com? One of my boys was talking about it during our last Wine Club meeting (we just sit around drinking wine, we don’t actually know what we’re doing, haha…) and it’s billed as “the smartest way to set and achieve your goals.” At first I was just half-paying attention to him cuz I thought it was gonna be like any other boring site out there, BUT he said they have these options where they pretty much PUNISH you if you fail to follow your goals, rather than REWARD you! Haha… which really is the complete opposite of the other tools out there.
I haven’t tried it out myself yet, but one of the ideas he threw out was freakin’ hilarious! He said some people are setting it so that whenever they mess up on whatever goals they’re trying to hit, they’d be charged $20 from their credit card and have that money donated directly to the political party they hate! Haha… what do you think about THAT for motivation? Would that get you to the gym 3 times a week or to stop eating out all the time? :)
You have total control as to where the money goes and how much and all that kinda stuff too, obviously, but I think the whole “punishing yourself” mentality is the game changer with this stuff here. If you set it to send money to your friends or loved ones, or even a charity which some people are doing, it’s great for helping out your fellow man and all that jazz, but would it be *as* motivational for you if you mess up? Not at all for me. I’d mess up on purpose to help others out! Haha…. but if you were taking my money and giving it to, say, an enemy of mine or a place I can’t stand (the political stuff doesn’t bother me much), I’d make sure I was doing everything in my power to stop you from dishing it out. Which at the same time would help me reach my goals :)
If you can’t tell by now, I act quickly when it comes to losing my money. Probably faster than when I’m trying to EARN it! Haha… I don’t know if that’s good or bad really, but either way I try to hold onto it as much as I possibly can. And I need that alarm clock to keep me sharp and on track!
PS: Shout out to LindyMint for exciting me on that bad boy!
PPS: If I end up trying the paper shredder idea, I’ll be sure to keep you posted ;)
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