SelfRewardFilter: What treats do you give/buy yourself for rewards or incentives?
Hello fellow MeFites. Long time reader, first time asker.
I’ve recently started Habit Judo
as a way of incentivizing my easily-distracted mind to stop avoiding the ever-growing responsibilities that come with being an independent adult (keeping a budget, calling my parents regularly, exercising, doing the dishes before bed, etc.). I’m an ex-gamer, so the idea that I get random “experience points” for each activity I complete, and that those points periodically accumulate into “level-ups” (reward intervals & new belt colors) is highly attractive to me. I’m genuinely excited about the undertaking and have almost completed my first week without missing a single habit.
The problem, however, is that I am having trouble coming up with good, reasonably-priced ($10-15) incentives to treat myself to at the “level-up” intervals. I am single and make relatively good money, so I typically am able to fund the things and activities I enjoy pretty easily. (For example, I imagine “eating out” would be a great reward for many, but I usually eat out 2 or 3 times a week as it is.) To make things even more difficult, I am not a very material person to begin with, and I have traveled so much in recent years that I’ve become accustomed to living with as little “stuff” as I can get by with. This means that there are very few physical purchases I desire (no TV, no DVDs, no console system of video games, no collections of [insert collectable here]).
With this in mind, here is the short list I’ve come up with of reasonably-priced rewards that I can actually get excited about:
- Premium imported beer (I’m in Japan and a bottle of decent imported beer is typically $5+)
- Music or movies on iTunes
- New Kindle book
Another idea I had was to put X amount of money at each interval into a piggy bank to eventually spend on something that I normally wouldn’t spend money on. (Tandem skydiving near Mt. Fuji, expensive brand-name clothing/accessory, or on a guilty pleasure like gambling at the horse races, for example.) This type of reward is honestly more appealing to me than making weekly purchases of music that I probably won’t like all that much or books that I won’t have time to read. I’m afraid, however, that the lack of tangibility will fail to provide me with the incentive I need to stay motivated to become a Habit Judo master.
So, my question to you, my esteemed AskMeFi peers, is this: What rewards do you give yourself for meeting personal goals? If you’ve ever tried Habit Judo or any other similar system, what worked to best keep you motivated?
Even if it doesn’t seem to apply to my particular situation or interests, I want to hear it.
Thanks in advance for your time. Looking forward to your responses.