I love what I do; I think it’s a privilege to able to enjoy the things you do to make ends meet. However, working haven’t always been pleasant. People got demotivated doing their hobbies, even. There are mindless tasks to be tackled. There are days I just want to curl up in bed and watch another episode of anything. That’s when I need external rewards to keep doing what I’m doing and not give in to the tenacious urge to take a 2-hours nap. That’s the time to explore various ways to reward yourself for keep on going despite the tempting coziness of lying around aimlessly.
I’ve been trying out so many methods to regulate (yes, I’m gonna use that word: regulate) my rewards system, and this is one of my favorite so far: the reward jar.
This is how the reward jar works:
- A jar (duh!) – any jar or used bottles or anything your hand can fit in.
- List of activities or things to reward yourself – make it yourself or download mine here! (blank template included!)
Start rewarding yourself:
- Print out pre-made list of ways to reward yourself, or write it down yourself.
This is optional but recommended: you can separate your rewards into two category, big/expensive and small/cheaper. This can be done by using different color papers for different categories.
If you’re using my list, you can print the first and second page in different color. For example, I print my small reward in purple and big reward in red.
- Every time you feel demotivated or in need of external rewards, set a specific, reasonable goal you need to accomplish in order to gain a chance to draw a reward from the reward jar.
Example: When I finish writing this blog post, I will get draw myself a small reward from the jar.
- Do your thing. Achieve that goal. You are more than capable of doing it.
- When you’re finished, draw one paper for the reward as promised. If you can do it right away, do it. If you can’t, schedule a specific time and date to claim your creambath/massage/anything you got.
- Feel refreshed, accomplished, and enjoy yourself.
If I’m not happy with the reward I get when I draw, can I change it?
It’s a good idea to make sure that everything you put in that jar is something you can enjoy. Maybe it’s not a good idea to let yourself change rewards. It beats the excitement of surprise!
What do I do once I drew a reward from the jar? Do I put the paper back to the jar or throw it away?
This is totally up to you. You can save the papers you drew and put them back once the jar is emptying, or you can put it right away. Make your own rules, but stick with it.
So far, this has been a very fun way to reward and motivate myself. What’s your favorite ways to reward yourself? I’d love to try it!