When working on projects, especially ones where you create your own deadline, it’s important to have rewards. I find that it helps productivity when I know that I’m working towards something. Whether it’s a small victory or a huge milestone, treat yourself. After all, your relationship with yourself is the most important of all. Yet, so many of us talk negatively to ourselves. Human condition? Perhaps? Treatable? Definitely.
I haven’t mastered it myself. I still have rough days and down days. In fact today was one of them. However, I knew that I had to still get my writing done for the day. So I decided that once my daily writing was complete, I would allow myself to partake in one of my most favorite meals: sushi.
I like to assign small rewards for smaller tasks and large rewards for larger ones. Makes sense, right? Some people elect to treat themselves to a night on the town, or a camping trip, or a movie. There are tons of different ways to reward yourself. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something that costs money either. Your reward could be a walk in the park or a day at the beach.
As a minimalist, I like to keep my rewards limited, simple and straight to the point. I didn’t want some complicated rewards system where I had to sit and calculate what I had earned. I have two basic rewards and they are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Sushi and Travel.
Reward One: Sushi
For small victories like, achieving a certain word count, it’s sushi time! Sometimes it’s delivered to the house and sometimes it’s a night out. Either way, I know that it’s one of my favorite meals (next to Shepherd’s Pie). The are we live in has no shortage of good sushi restaurants to choose from either. Unfortunately, Shepherd’s Pie is hard to find and usually has to be cooked from home (but he makes a damn good one!)
Reward Two: Travel
Not only do I have a trip to Arizona booked after the release of my novel In Articulo Mortis, but my partner has also promised me a trip to London. He knows that it has been a life-long dream of mine to go to England. I feel like I identify with their culture and sense of humor so much more than the American culture despite being born over here. So he set the reward for that one.
Accomplishing a big project, needs more than a bowl of ice cream for a reward. Something as big as a novel, requires a novel-sized treat. But I realize that not everyone likes to travel. And not everyone likes sushi. So what are your high end and low end rewards? How do you celebrate the accomplishment of a finished task or project? Let me know down in the comments below.
Regina Bethory is a fiction author. She graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor’s in Directing and Play Writing and from Newport News Shipbuilding’s Apprentice School as a Test Electrician. She also has a degree in Funeral Services. As an avid minimalist and traveler, she enjoys spending her time learning new things, seeking new experiences and de-cluttering. When she is not writing, she can often be found in comic book stores and early morning matinees.