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Goals: Reward yourself!

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That’s right, everyone. You spend hours laboring over projects, days or weeks forcing yourself to keep going and never stop, to not quit and to finish what you’ve started.

But did you ever think to reward yourself for accomplishing your goals?

That’s right. I’m telling you to take a step away from that project your slaving over. Set it aside for a few hours, or even a day, and take some time to reward yourself for how much you’ve gotten done.

My latest reward; I even got it for half-price.

I’m not telling you to spend dozens of dollars on a treat for yourself. By all means, do so if you feel like it, but keep those rewards for major achievements; it’s bad for your wallet, otherwise. Make it something simple:

Play a game with some friends, watch a movie with your loved ones, go for a nice, refreshing walk – there are so many, cheap, options. Giving yourself a breather is one of the best ways to ignite your inspiration and your will to work again.

Here are a few things I do when taking a break:

  • Watch a movie/show.
  • Play a video game.
  • Read a book/manga.
  • Browse the internet.
  • Work on my social media (ironic, but true).
  • Write something completely different.
  • Just relax.

Just relax. Sometimes, I just take an hour or two and do absolutely nothing. Is that productive? No, but you don’t actually believe that I do nothing when doing nothing, right? Now that I’ve properly confused you, let me explain:

If I do nothing, that means that I’m not actively reading, writing, working, or anything else. It does not, however, mean that I am not thinking or plotting. In those times when I just relax, my mind is working – processing information for my stories. It’s one of the best ways for me to figure out how to progress in a specific story; I use the time to think about the characters, their relationships together, their pasts, and everything about them. The details come to me in those times. Not written, but etched into my thoughts.

When I take a break from continuing a specific project, I sometimes just pick up another project. Why? Because it breaks the flow of ideas for the other story and when I go back to it, I can look at it with unbiased eyes – refreshed.

Sometimes, all you need is something to completely flip your concentration around.

What matters is that you take some time to yourself to just be you. Take that hour to relax or focus on something else. Figure out what the best way to reward yourself is; you’ll find that a few hours here and there will make you that much more excited to work on your projects.

Do you already reward yourself? If so, what do you do, or how do you reward yourself?

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Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, a reader, a gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

2 thoughts on “Goals: Reward yourself!

  1. Personal rewards and relaxation are the only way to stay sane, no matter what you’re doing in life!

    ~Ashlee
    http://ashleesch.com

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