(Psst… there’s an updated version of this post here if you want to check it out!)
I am pretty bad at setting goals for myself. I struggle to keep to a specific goal unless I have a teacher/coach/boss telling me what to do and expecting results out of me. So what is a girl to do when she has several goals and no one to push her forward but herself? Why, she sets rewards for herself!
I decided that I needed a little extra incentive to get me towards my goals. While all of my goals have their own rewards at the end, it’s harder to justify the work sometimes unless I have a more tangible prize to work for. It’s certainly not ideal, but that’s just the way my mind works. So instead of fighting it, I am letting it work for me.
On a fresh page in my bullet journal (not sure what that is? Click here!), I wrote out a series of “if/then” statements. Then I set specific, achievable goals and excellent rewards that I can get myself guilt-free. I wrote these down so that they would be set in stone.
I would suggest you don’t make the reward something that will negate some of the work. For example, my reward for abstaining from soda is not a soda. For eating healthy all week, you shouldn’t reward yourself with a candy bar. This will give your brain mixed signals. However, you can reward yourself with a candy bar for successfully cleaning each day.
Enter the Fox Den Resource Library
Subscribe to get access to 40+ pages of printables, brush lettering worksheets, video tutorials, and more!
You also should try to keep your rewards on par with the goal itself. For example, the reward for hydrating for 10 days should be to buy yourself some small indulgence, not a full mani-pedi. But don’t be afraid to give yourself something big for a big accomplishment, either! Just keep it all in the same ballpark when planning it out.
I had a list just like this in my old Ecosystem, but I had to update it and rewrite it in my Leuchtturm1917. I realized that I needed to adjust some of my goals to make them either a touch harder or more down to earth. For example, I originally had my goal for my Morning Pages (from The Artist’s Way) as 30 consecutive days of writing, which I trimmed down to 27 out of 30 days, or 90% of the month. I gave it some time, but it seemed a little too lofty right off the bat, so it made sense to bring it down a bit. I use my Habit Tracker to track each day’s good habits, so all of my goals are integrated there.
After writing this all out, I realized that it is kinda a pain to check this without painstakingly counting out all my successful days in my Habit Tracker. So I flipped over to my Monthly Spread and used some empty space at the bottom to draw out some progress bars for most of my goals. In the bar, I wrote what the end result would be if I completed the bar. Then I can have a convenient way of keeping up with my progress and a reminder of what goodies I get. This is one of the handy dandy uses of the Staedtler Triplus Fineliners, because I can use several pretty colors to keep things organized.
The only goals and rewards that I didn’t put in a progress bar were the ones that require consecutive days and are uncommon for me to complete. For example, my Tidy Up goal is something I’m really trying to get into my regular habits but I often forget. So if I used a progress bar and failed to do the task on three days, the progress bar would need to start over and I can’t exactly erase. Instead, I use the same marker that I use to color in a successful day on the Habit Tracker and write the number of successful in the little box. So I can keep an eye on these habits and reward myself when my string of numbers finally gets to 10.
So there you have it! This is my method of motivation and inspiration to get moving and be successful. I am a simple animal powered by lipstick and candy bars, what can I say? You just need to know yourself and learn what really powers you toward your goals, and don’t be afraid to treat yourself for good work. With a little luck and hard work, hopefully I can get my hands on my very first Pilot Metropolitan!
*This post contains affiliate links. That means that if you click on a link and buy something, I may get a portion of the sale at no cost to you. I have affiliate links so I can promote products and services that I think are excellent. It also helps me make a living off of this site so I can keep creating content for you. Thank you for helping me live my dream!*