When we have straight jobs, there is often a built in reward - beyond our pay, that is. We may get a bonus if the company is doing well, or we may get a review of how we've been working. I've had that in the past. You are taken out for a coffee, perhaps, and your supervisor/boss tells you how you're doing. Or you get a raise. If you are really really lucky - you work for a company that believes in rewarding workers often if only in small ways. You're lucky because that is the type of thing which is the best according to all studies.
If, however, you don't have that, or you are an entrepreneur or have a home-based business, or are a writer, for instance, you probably don't get enough feed-back on how you're doing.
This is where this Friday's Challenge comes in.
Today's challenge is for you to find small ways to reward yourself for the changes you are making or the work you are ploughing through.
Following on the Kaizen approach - here are the qualities to look for as you design your reward:
- It should be suitable for the goal you have in mind. For instance, I'm revising like a mad fiend. It is hard work (whine whine). I need a small reward for my daily or weekly progress. I think a good and appropriate reward would be for me to be able to watch a television show (on disc - we don't get any stations) after a day of revising. After a week of meeting my revising deadlines, I think I would like to go for a canoe ride.
- It needs to suit you. Watching TV wouldn't suit many of my friends. They simply don't get why I like such vacuous entertainment. Fine. Same for going out in the canoe - not every one's idea of a fun time.For me it is good.
- The reward should be free or inexpensive. Look no farther than your own home to see what is a treat. The reason that cigarettes were a hard habit for me to break as a young mother, was that the time I spent smoking was for me. Not that I'm suggesting smoking. I'm just saying that a small reward needn't be a big deal.
How might you reward your hard work?