A way to pay for vice with virtue.
I’ve occasionally mentioned my desire to learn Chinese and my love/hatred of flash cards on this site. They appear to be pretty useful – if they weren’t, I would gleefully abandon them. Indeed, I’ve done it before, only to come crawling back. At least five times.
I feel quite guilty about this, obviously. I believe flash cards should be a test of my willpower, so my aversion feels like a failure of will. And while I do appreciate the ability to do things I don’t want to do, and will continue cultivating that, I think rewarding myself for the effort is a good thing to cultivate, too. Paying for vices with virtue sounds great, as long as the conversion rate is in your favor.
I’ve actually been doing this manually for months, a text file shrunk down to a corner of my screen. I would do the mental subtraction and multiplication, but there’s no reason for a human mind to do those things anymore.