However I meant to post a screenshot to show you how to do it, but my dropbox had a melt down. But got it working.
But what I meant you could do was like this.
It doesn't really help you to put the "Set text.." in an every tick, if it only updates once every 1 sec (60 ticks).
A good idea I think is to use Variable objects instead of local and global variables. Because when you get a lot of them you will end up with a huge list, that you have to scroll through, which gets annoying.
So instead you can just make a small sprite (16x16) and place it outside the layout and call it "Game_settings" or whatever. And then you add all the variables you need to this one instead. That way you can easily find them when you need them and you can use Booleans as well. Personally I rarely use anything other than those for global and local variables. And if you need them in other layouts, you can just turn the object global in the properties settings.