I’m a big fan of rewarding yourself when you do something good, something you don’t want to, or better than you expected. This philosophy has got me through countless dentist visits, exams and heavy deadlines.
When I was little, I used to get trinkets: plastic rings, clothes for my dolls, pencils. When I hit the teenage years, I got make-up, hair dye, and fancy fragrances. When I hit my twenties, I mostly gave myself cigarettes and alcohol. But now that I’ve stopped smoking, I don’t want more stuff in my house (except curtains, but that’s not a reward, that’s a chore) and I can’t dye my hair again without it falling off, I’m lost.
This past week I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo and I’ve rewarded myself with wine and chocolate. As I stepped on the scale this morning, it became instantly obvious that this approach has its pitfalls. Therefore I come to you. I need a list of prizes for completing my word goals that won’t add calories to my daily intake, won’t cost too much or turn me into a hobby alcoholic.
So how do I reward myself without spending too much money, drinking too much alcohol or eating crap? How do you motivate yourself to reach your word goal every day?