Good article! Some of the rewards are not for me-like food! Really?!?! I agree with CUISINEEXAMINER . I too am on a small fixed income & can't reward myself with $$ rewards or going out to dinner... .CUISINEEXAMINER's idea about an article on how to reward ourselves with something that has no cost or is free.
The article is based on a good premise: that of setting goals. However, the author (whom I note has TWO jobs, not just one) seems to go off on a tangent of rewards of dinner (hey, I'm on a diet!!), buying a new "toy", or going on a vacation. I'm an unemployed overweight senior citizen on a fixed - read "small" - income, and haven't been on a vacation in almost two years, with dinner out also being an almost unimaginable treat. I have read way too many SparkPeople articles, suggestions, and blogs which promote the spending of money on rewards for good behavior, to the emotional detriment of the less wealthy group of Spark followers. A more motivating article, from my personal point of view, might have included a short list of non-monetary rewards: time spent pampering oneself, reading a book from the library, taking a walk, etc. A truly great article, if it mentioned rewards, would include a list such as "100 No-Cost Rewards For Goals Reached".
I taught my kids to do this in every category of their lives. Financially, when studying, in sports, etc. For example: When I gave them an allowance, they had to put a portion in their longterm account(to be taken out after 18 years of age), into their medium term account(to be taken out in Dec. for their Christmas gifts and personal purchases), and short term(mad money for immediate access). It works, but needs discipline to do.
12/20/2011 1:00:36 PM
Amazing and so needed for me. My husband and I are on the marathon of paying off debt right now, and at the same time we have the vague idea that we'd like to get in shape and lose weight as well. I'm feeling the need more to set small milestones and reward/celebrate in the weight loss department. In the financial department, we have paid of $46,000 of debt in the last 18 months and still so much have our eyes on the goal and the unpaid portion and the end of the marathon - a great goal! But at this milestone of $46,000 which includes all of Nate's student loans, I'd like to pause, breathe and celebrate. So this article is right in line with these two goals.
One more thought: these two journeys share so many similarities it's amazing.
Generally a good article, but why is SP advising us to reward ourselves with food (take yourself out to dinner)? I'm trying to use non-food rewards, like buying a new wardrobe, new workout clothes, or a fitness gadget.
Really nice idea. I think Iīll set some medium goals also. And reward myself for reaching them.(Canīt have anything to do with money though.) Letīs see. Perhaps one for 1000 minutes of excercise every month, and one for every week I stay within my calorie goals and one for every 10 lbs I loose. And choose rewards of things that I donīt normally do, such as a day at the pool, a day all by myself curled up with a good book, a trip to see some friends who live a few hours away, etc
12/7/2011 7:48:22 AM
I often use a dual account system for rewards. When I achieve my goals for the week, I deposit a notional amount into my "reward" account. When I have a dismal week and don't even come close to achieving my goals, I deposit a notional amount into my "charity" account. After a couple of months, I spend the money in the reward account on something totally frivolous for myself - and I donate the money in the charity account to a cause I care about. I find that donating money to charity when I fail to achieve my goals for a week somehow helps me break the downward destructive spiral of demotivation because I turn my bad week into a good week for someone else.
I actually started a SparkTeam on here that rewards yourself. Basically you give yourself $1 for every hour/mile you do (obviously can be altered depending on your financial level). You cannot touch the money until the end of each month & at that time, you have the option to save it another month, or you can use it. You cannot spend it on food though & it has to be spent on YOU. We're starting it Sunday. I'm going to work towards a massage and new clothes! :)
I LOVED THIS ADVICE!!!It is so true...from childhood forward the reward system for goals EASIER reached just keep up the momentum for the LONGER term goals...It has worked for me in EVERY aspect of my life...
7/26/2011 12:16:51 PM
long hot soak in the tub (without interruptions! That calls for family cooperation). a trip to a museum or gallery a nap a weekend afternoon devoted to your hobby
These are things that I usually don't do or let myself take the time to do. I guess for me, "personal time" is as valuable/rewarding as anything I could buy!
I know it makes me feel good and smile when I receive a gift from someone. So to gift myself as a reward for myself , when I achieve a set goal, makes sense to me. It gives me self worth and I like that.
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