Young house love has a podcast talked about how in the Hygge book, the guy who wrote the book rewarded himself with a chair.
For example, this guy who wrote the book had saved money for a new chair that he really wanted. But he waited until he published his first book to buy the chair. And so that way in buying the chair it reminds him of this accomplishment, and it feels like more than just the time I bought the chair. It’s like, “Remember when I wrote that book, and then I bought myself this chair to celebrate?”
I used to reward myself. I’d read a part of an article for a referee report and then I’d get to watch a 4 min youtube video or read a section of a chapter of a novel. If I got X done, I’d get to read a book. And so on.
But… forcing myself to be productive via rewards has been harder to do lately… If there’s a reward I will just take it without actually doing the work.
I want it I got it.
I think I’ve been losing this ability since we got really comfortable with our finances and there’s really nothing reasonable that we can’t have (so long as we don’t want a house in Paradise). I feel like no longer needing to deny myself monetarily has spilled over to other areas of my life as well. Like, even if DH and I lost our jobs tomorrow we still wouldn’t be forced to live in a van by the river any time soon. I’ve also been listening to my hunger a bit less… though my desire to not have to buy any new clothing helps a bit there.
Do rewards work for you? How do you reward yourself? If not, did they ever work? How do you get yourself to get through unpleasant tasks?