Friday, September 03, 2004

How To Turn Paying Bills Into A Game

by Asim Jalis

I have been using Rico Medellin's technique to turn work into play. I bought a stopwatch from Fred Meyer. To pay bill I timed how long it took me to pay each bill. The first one took 6:32 minutes. With some focus I was able to bring this down to 4:25, which is my current record. In one case I had to call up Verizon to verify the amount. I stopped the watch so that the phone call didn't mess up my score. Normally I get exhausted after paying two or three bills and put off the non-urgent ones till the next day. With the stopwatch I was craving to repeat the process again and again, to see if I could improve it. And I actually ended up doing all 11 bills in one shot.