Tracking Progress: Rewards

There is no better time to be talking about rewards than Christmas Eve and as this round of Blogmas comes to an end I think some reward is in order.

Obviously, achieving the goal we wanted to achieve is the ultimate reward but if that end point is five years away, it’s a long time to wait. Even a year can feel like a lifetime so we need to celebrate those small victories along the way.

Of course, these should be taken in the context of what your goal is – don’t let the reward undo your hard work. Similarly, don’t let the reward detract from the work that is still to be done.

5 Low Cost Ways to Reward Yourself

  1. Spend a whole day binge watching the tv programme or reading the book you haven’t had time for.
  2. Visit a museum or art gallery
  3. Spend the whole day in pyjamas – nobody works in pyjamas, right?
  4. Watch a sunset or a sunrise – and in the winter months this won’t even impact on your sleep time.
  5. Get someone else to do the cooking / ironing / cleaning or whichever task you dislike

If you are feeling really pleased with yourself you might want to look at something on your bucket list. Something really big or luxurious, like a safari, a yoga retreat, or perhaps a visit to a Michelin star restaurant.

How Not to Reward

We all have different things that we would see as a reward but, as I said, be careful not to derail your progress.

Don’t reward yourself with food if you are trying to lose weight and don’t reward yourself with shopping if you are trying to save money.

And don’t book a meal, holiday or any other treat until you meet the milestone, no matter how confident you are. If you haven’t met that milestone by the time the event comes around then the reward will feel diminished.

TODAY’S ACTION

Write a list of possible rewards for meeting milestones. Pick one now for meeting your first milestone.

COME BACK TOMORROW FOR:

Well, it’s Christmas so it’s a surprise, of course!


What are your favourite ways to reward yourself? Tell us in the comments below

Until next time, remember, if the excess baggage is weighing you down, you can always leave it in lost luggage.

Best wishes,


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