I used to think it was silly when friends would attempt to fake themselves out with prizes in order to get things done. For example, they’d buy a ridiculous designer cupcake and then place it on the table in full view, but not allow themselves to partake until they finished whatever had to get done.
I mean… you really could just promise to get the job done *after* you enjoy that tasty treat… right? But I think we all know part of the problem of self-imposed goals and deadlines is holding ourselves accountable. What’s the point of dangling a carrot, or cupcake, to myself?
Then I tried it.
Most days, I have a complete itinerary of appointments, calls, writing, chores, and misc. tasks that, once completed, don’t really amount to anything that can be visibly appreciated. Aside from the crossed-off line items on my list, it’s sometimes a wee bit of a let-down after a wildly productive day to have nothing to actually show for it.
This is where rewards come in. Setting aside something special as a personal reward can do wonders to get you motivated. For me, it’s earning the right to watch the next episode of whatever show I’m into on Netflix. (Side note: You must watch Bloodline on Netflix!)
Spending your work time getting it done, and then celebrating with the reward of your choosing develops momentum, and fosters a feeling of satisfaction when you might otherwise feel like you’re spinning your wheels.
Give it a try!
Do you use a reward system for yourself?