May 20, 2011 2:25 AM Subscribe
RewardFilter: Inspired by the recent Habit Judo hoo
, what are novel and interesting ways to reward yourself ?
posted by pickingoutathermos to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
I've been developing my own spreadsheet based Habit Judo-esque system for making goal tracking more fun and motivating.
The only part I'm having trouble pinning down is how to reward myself in a way that is distinct and inherently "more special" than just buying something (like a gift, or a nice meal) - something I might already do regardless of what goal I achieved.
One promising idea is to devote a lump sum of money to the game. The percentage of the money won at the end is related to what percentage of the goal I have achieved. At the end of the game the winnings are given to a friend, and they buy me something(s) of their choosing. The randomness of the prize makes the gift more exciting than just spending the money how I'd like. (The flipside could also be that failure to achieve the goal means the friends gets some or all the money!)
Obviously there isn't an unlimited amount of cash to devote to random prizes, so: what are some creative rewards that evoke a game-like element of surprise, fun, magic, or novelty (that are free or less costly)?