It’s totally a first world problem, and I’m okay with it.
Last post I talked about putting some money in a jar every time I did something that promoted building healthy habits. That’s a good, attainable, daily thing to motivate me.
But I also want some “big” things to use as goals, to motivate me.
nter DOOR PRIZES: This actually took me some serious time. I had to come up with things that are novel or delightful enough to be motivating and FEEL like a reward, but that were not going to break our personal bank.
Like I mentioned earlier, time isn’t a commodity/luxury for me to the level that I would view it as a reward. Similarly, just buying things that I want is also not really a reward because I can already pretty much do that. It’d have to be a big ticket item (something we don’t buy for ourselves) to motivate me.
I thought of a few. They’re in there. 🙂
Mostly, though, I went with experiences. These are basically quality times (with my hon, if possible) that require more planning (and money) than an afternoon off or a night with the gals. MOST of the motivator/reward experiences are things that can be done in one day (or less) but involve some planning and/or travel (because we live far away from all of it).
I’m distributing these kinds of things at certain weight loss “goal posts” – using them as carrots to keep me going, basically.
The thing I like about my list (if I do say so myself) is that it can be high or low budget depending on where you’re at. A real massage could be free (from someone supporting your effort) or it could be from the fanciest-schmanceist masseuse this side of the Atlantic Ocean. Whatever works for you.
Just use what works and trash what doesn’t.
- a real, honest to goodness massage
Low End – hunny bun for free
High End – Chez Fancy NYC salon
- hair cut and nails did
Low End – trim at the $10 place and a new bottle of polish in a cute color
High End – 4 hours with Bettina and a full-set of diamond-studded tips
- water park
Low End – sprinkler and water balloons in the backyard
High End – Area 47 in Austria
- wine tasting
Low End – bargain bottles from the local
High End – Napa Valley adventure
- day spa – cucumbers on the face and whatnot
Low End – DIY sugar scrub and face mask
High End – head back to Chez Fancy’s day spa
- horseback riding
Low End – visit a regional horse-rescue to say “hi”
High End – buy one and keep it at a swanky stable
Low End – high school band or local freebie
High End – Italian Opera. In Italy.
Low End – YouTube lessons
High End – buy every piece of gear under the sun, best trainer in world
Low End – cute purse from Wally World or shoes from Payless
High End: Bottega Veneta and Manolo Blahnik
- weekend vacay (I’m using this as a biggie – halfway or goal mark)
Low End – be a “tourist” in your own town for a weekend
High End – go to Dublin
So first, have you ever tried this before and second, do you think it will work?