Don’t you think you deserve a little something special? Go ahead! According to recent psychology reports, rewarding yourself with small treats can spark your motivation. And you can keep this newfound motivation over the long-term, too: scientists believe rewarding yourself unpredictably (rather than on a controlled schedule) encourages consistent, good performance over time. So, if you want to stay on top of your game, you may consider surprising yourself with treats from time to time. Here are some affordable and easy treats you can give yourself after a job well done!
Go To The Movies
Who says movies are only good for dates? Entertain yourself by heading to the local theatre to see some new releases! You’ll love this vacation from your normal hustle bustle because movies distract from stressful thoughts.
You can also choose a movie fit your mood to explore your emotions. In this way, movies don't only serve as a good treat for getting your to-do list done, they also allow you to get to know yourself!
Eat A Meal Out
You’ve been working all day and now you’ve earned your surprise. Try randomly going out to eat. Eating food often sends signals of reward to your brain, making you feel good. Whether you head to a nearby cafe or hit up a fancy restaurant is up to you, but enjoy your meal out wherever you go!
Pro Tip: Keep your stomach and wallet happy by doing your research first. Check out the prices of meals at various restaurants and look into their menus ahead of time.
Go Shopping For A New Outfit
Is it time to update your wardrobe? You don’t need to go overboard or bust your budget, but if you’ve been working hard lately you may deserve a new outfit! Spending money probably shouldn’t be a reward you give yourself too often, but a new set of clothes every once in a while is sure to keep you motivated and hard at work!
Go To The Salon
Finishing a big, stressful project means you’ve earned a trip to the spa! It’s nice to be pampered by others, and many spa treatments are also good for your physical health. If you’re thinking about visiting a salon for some tender loving care, do some searching to find the right destination for you.
Sometimes all you want to do after accomplishing your work is, well, nothing at all. If your tasks are taken care of you can spend the time doing just that. Whether you sit and watch TV, lay back and listen to music, or just stand there, you can enjoy just being.
Are you motivated to go out and get work done? You will be once you begin surprising yourself with some of these small treats every once in a while! Remember, the key is to keep your surprises, well, surprising! Don’t set up a weekly schedule, just treat yourself when you honestly feel you’ve earned it.
*This is a collaborative post.