Another week has gone by, and I wanted to share something interesting about the Best Self Journal. In the beginning of the book, there is a page to fill out about your big, 13-week goals, and I really liked one question more than others: If I complete this goal by my target date, I will reward myself with:
I have always been eager to bribe myself to do things, offering an unhealthy treat or a night of relaxation watching television to myself in exchange for productivity. The problem was that I always spent so much time dreaming up a bribe that would be motivating, that by the time it came down to be productive… I just wanted the bribe. And me being me, I wasn’t good at keeping me from taking the bribe first.
So this question was harder to answer than I thought it would be. I needed something motivating, but also something that I realistically couldn’t give myself ahead of time without having some kind of consequence. I am really happy with the resolution I came to, which was a 10-pass at my favorite yoga studio and a trip somewhere, most likely with Husband.
This combination works well, because I usually try to do yoga on my own at home, but it is lovely to be led through vinyasas by a trained professional – in my case, I’m also becoming friends with some of the yoga instructors, and so that time builds relationships too. I don’t usually commit to yoga, and it is cheapest when bought in “bulk” with the 10 pack, so this reward is both large but also satisfyingly prudent.
The trip is a nice addition, because I would actually be fine giving myself a 10-pack of yoga classes any time I desired them, since it spurs me to do more yoga. The trip is something that Husband knows about, and he knows how much I like to plan ahead, so he can hold me to not purchasing anything for a trip until I have accomplished my goal. What’s more is that the act of planning the trip will make me more and more hungry to accomplish my tasks (healthy eating, caring for friends/family, writing more) over the next 3 months!