“Here is your Ice Cream”. Boy, I loved hearing those words as a kid after completing a task assigned by my parents.
When I was young, my parents used to take me out for ice cream if I completed a sizable task I was assigned, for example, cleaning the garden. The more the effort to complete the task, such as scoring good grades, the better the reward was, like a bicycle.
We all know the drill. Do something and get something in return. The more the effort/energy/time spent, the better the reward.
It is the most famous strategy to get things done for one simple reason.
Because it works!
This article is Step 10 – The secret benefits of rewarding yourself you didn’t know of Phase 2: Gain Momentum with Routine of the 3 phase transformation into superhuman productivity. You can begin right from step 1 by accessing the index here – 3 Phase Transformation into Living Your Dreams.
To understand the purpose behind the activity I recommend you to read through the article. But, for the busy bees, you can go directly to the exercise.
Every single person knows the technique, every single person has been a part of the technique. In spite of the knowledge and the proven results behind its success, when was the last time you rewarded yourself?
Motivating yourself by rewarding yourself
Do you believe you can motivate yourself by rewarding yourself?
You might the concept silly and wonder how is rewarding yourself important? But as silly as it sounds, the method works. When you have put in a lot of effort and get an award for your efforts in public, you do have a feeling “I deserve it”.
When you are on a journey to achieve your long term goal, unfortunately, there is no external entity to recognize the hard work you have put in. You might have spent the whole week barely sleeping, sweating it all out. Only you know how hard you have worked for it. The only person who can reward you for your efforts is YOURSELF. So do not miss out on the opportunity to give yourself a treat, because you definitely deserve it.
Reward yourself in little ways
Every time you do a good job or accomplish a significant task, reward yourself in small proportions. A good place to start is rewarding yourself for meeting goals which are of reasonable size.
The reward does not have to be lavish or extravagant. Any reward, big or small helps in motivating yourself. The key thing is making sure the reward makes you happy. For example, if you get a book as a reward but you do not enjoy reading, it does not help.
There is no one fit for all reward system. Since only you know the best way to reward yourself, you can build a personal reward system of your own. You have a million different ways to reward yourself if you think enough. Here are a few reward ideas.
Drink a glass of wine
Buy yourself your favorite chocolate
Buy those shoes you loved
Buy a ticket to that show
Heck, you can even order from Amazon and ask them for a gift wrap. When the delivery person shows up at your door, it would seem like a gift from you to yourself in real.
Rewards can be non-materialistic
The reward does not always have to be tangible. Here is how you can reward yourself without money
- Watch a movie during your work hours if you are a movie buff
- Solve a crossword
- Read that gossip article about your favorite celebrity
- Sleep an extra hour
If you are wondering you can do the same even without accomplishing any task, you have to change your mindset. Make yourself work for the reward such that when you get the reward, you believe you deserve it. Not only have you got your reward, but you also now have got a dopamine rush to do more for another reward.
If you buy yourself things or do what you like doing whenever you like it, you are losing the opportunity to condition yourself to do better.
When you get a treat, you feel special, respected and cared for. This helps you build good habits and maintain good routines. Yes, even if the reward is from yourself!
Tips for effective self rewarding
Make sure your reward system is effective:
Everyone has their own personal interests. A chocolate bar for reading a book might be a great motivation for you to read another book. For your friend, it might seem not worth the effort. Therefore, reward yourself suitably with rewards which make you feel happy about.
Your rewards should not have a direct substitute:
If your reward was playing with your neighbor’s dog, when you equally enjoy playing with the cat, you might end up taking that alternative. If your system is ineffective, the reward will fail to be motivational enough.
Reward proportionally for the effort put in:
I am stating the obvious here. You cannot reward yourself with a new pair of expensive shoes for studying half a day. You will run out of money before you run out of tasks to do if you do so. The reward should be such that your inner self should scream “Hell Yeah, I deserve that”
Do not reward to cancel the effort:
The reward that you give yourself should not be harmful to the progress you are making or the goal you are setting. For example, if your goal is to develop a set of six pack abs, you cannot reward yourself with ice-cream for completing your workout every day. If you spent one hour working productively with no technology distractions, you cannot reward yourself 1 hour of carefree time spending. Make a sensible reward system such that it not only motivates you but also keeps you on track of your goal.
There are no hard and fast rules or the right structure for building a self-reward system. All you need is a little common sense and understanding of the purpose of the system. You must push yourself one step further towards your goals using this system.
Exercise for rewarding yourself
Let us do an exercise. You will set up a reward system for yourself.
List down the top 3 tasks which you have postponed for a long time. These tasks can be big or small, it does not matter. Stick to only 3 for now, neither more nor less.
Next, list down the rewards which make you happy and seem neither extravagant nor insignificant. Decide on a reward for completing each of these tasks. Follow the tips mentioned above to make sure the reward is effective and proportional to the work done.
Experience yourself how the reward mechanism boosts your own motivation.
Leave a comment on what are the 3 tasks you came up with for your reward system.
Rewarding is an age-old mechanism of getting things done. In this article, you have understood how to use the rewarding technique to reward your own self to get things done from yourself.
You went through an exercise to come up with rewards for yourself for completing tasks. Make this a practice and you will be looking forward to a reward every day.
This article is Step 10 – The secret benefits of rewarding yourself that you didn’t know of Phase 2: Gain Momentum with Routine of the 3 phase transformation into superhuman productivity. You can begin right from step 1 by accessing the index here – 3 Phase Transformation into Living Your Dreams.
Pat yourself on the back. You have made it through all the steps of Phase 2: Gain Momentum with Routine. You are now stepping into the final phase of boosting your productivity.
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