Rewarding Yourself

Last week, I told another writer about my “Rejection Jar.”

Several people liked the idea and added that they would also put together a “Reward Jar” since they, like many writers, need to remember to reward themselves for meeting various goals.

Not a bad idea, but I have to admit that I’m pretty stinking good at rewarding myself.  The rewards I give myself look an awful lot like the little gifts I give myself when a rejection hits hard.

Eduardo, a 2008 crochet project
  • I knit or crochet.
  • I do a sudoku or a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Depending on the weather, I get my son involved in a squirt gun fight or a snow ball fight.
  • I crank the stereo while fixing dinner.
  • I try out a new bread recipe.
  • I visit the local labyrinth.
  • I relax with a good cup of coffee and a spot of chocolate.

Why do my two lists look so much alike?   Probably because the things that I reward myself with are also the things that recharge me.  And especially after meeting a tough deadline, I need to recharge.

Thanks for reminding me how closely linked the two ideas are — reward and rejuvenate after a rejection.   So what do you need to remember to do for yourself?