and it’s has become an enormous industry climbing upwards to $77 billion dollars!(A) That’s what I call perfecting procrastination. For example, I was rescuing someone’s pets right before I began typing this post up. That’s right, the Pragmatic Pastor was running through Pet Saga levels and not working on a sermon series, or post, or spending time with the kids (though we were watching Kung-Fu Panda 3 on Netflix and I decided I was done seeing that for the 5th time). I was in my room laying in the bed and carefully selecting which colored block to destroy and power-up to use so that I can save a digital animal which was placed in a precarious situation by an evil genius game designer.
Apps are for the most part a waste of time. I know there are some apps out there which are great as reference and used as tools to help better society. I understand that I’ve designed and manage those types of applications before; I’m not stranger to the value of providing access to critical information at the fingertips of those who need it.
That’s right, the Pragmatic Pastor was running through Pet Saga levels and not working on a sermon series, or posts, or spending time with the kids.
However, the largest slice of that potential $77B is actually in the fun, games, music department. The goal of this article isn’t to take away your fun time. My goal is to cause you to notice and regulate it. You manage everything in your life. You manage your time just as well, but I wonder what life for you was like before you discovered the joy of crushing candy, rescuing pets, building your Minecraft dream home and running different variations of Spider-Men through New York City or even guessing at trivia with friends playing Heads Up?
I was speaking with a friend of mine a few years ago and I remember saying, I don’t even remember what I did with all my time before discovering manga. After saying that to myself I secretly decided I didn’t want that to be my testimony in the court of my conscious, so I stopped reading manga—also Naruto ended so… que sera, sera, it was good timing.
What fun thing do you do that consumes the time you could be using to better yourself, workout, prayer and meditation, live outside of your comfort zone, build upon the foundations of your awesome marriage and other important relationships?
What book should you have written and published by now? What voice is the world missing because you’re busy indulging in a perfected procrastination? I’m not saying stop all together, I’m saying regulate to hone your time resource spending into a machine that creates the best you ever!
Husband, Dad, Writer, Ex-Pastor, Product Manager, & Nerd