I'm a strong believer in placing protocols in place for the accomplishments I've made along my journey. Whether it is to lose weight, get out of debt, build an emergency fund, or starting a new job. I've always found inexpensive yet satisfying ways to reward myself for every small accomplishment that I've achieved towards a larger goal. I want to share them with you below.
First up, capture the moment by journaling. I know most people may not like having to keep a journal. But honestly, it is the best way to keep track of how far you've come. If you don't like writing or are short on time, you can always open up an app like Evernote or Onenote and type out a couple of bullet points of what you were grateful for and why. If you're like me and prefer pen to paper approach, but short on time, I highly recommend getting this one-line a day journal
and write a one-line description of what you were successful in achieving. However, when I have time, I write out in detail the date, time, weather, feelings/emotions, who, what, where, and why I was celebrating. taking note of those key things helps me channel back into the emotions I am feeling in the moment of successfully completing the task. It can be a very powerful method if you take a little time longer. It would look like this:
January 1, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. 32 degrees overcast; First day of snow! Home feeling happy and productive. Completed the first chapter of my first novel. I initially struggle to complete at first because of procrastination. Now that the first chapter is finished, I can hardly wait to get back to work and finish the second chapter.
Each year you'll be able to see snippets of what you were feeling, thinking, and doing. Journalling really doesn't have to be very cumbersome. I promise. Give it a try! The one-line-a day journal above is only $13.00 and if you have Amazon Prime, you get free two days shipping
Next up is look yourself in the mirror and say "THANK YOU!" If writing is not your thing, just go to the mirror and say "thank you!" I learned this unique practice from one of my beloved author's Louise L. Hay, who calls it, Mirror Work.
If you haven't found Louise yet, you must try at least one of her books or lectures. She is one of the pioneers in the personal development world long before the other mentors out there today. I love her writing style because it is so simple and easy for anyone to understand and she speaks from a loving and respectful approach. Louise states, "Doing mirror work is one of the most loving gifts you can give yourself. It takes only a second to say, “Hi, kid,” or “Looking good,” or “Isn’t this fun?” It’s so important to give yourself little positive messages throughout the day. The more you use mirrors for complimenting yourself, approving of yourself, and supporting yourself during difficult times, the deeper and more enjoyable your relationship with yourself will become." She has written a book title Mirror Work, along with an audio lecture you receive free when you purchase the book. They are wonderful tools to use for circumstances in life
The third reward for small accomplishment is to take a nap! No matter what, take an extra half-hour break to relax and rejuvenate before your next work session. This may not sound like a productive way to spend your afternoon. However, taking a quick nap can actually boost productivity, improve memory, improve mood, and even ease stress. [WebMd Article]. My toddler always struggles with us for nap time and I can't help but smile and think how much she is going to love this as an adult. We could all use some extra rest, so what better way to treat yourself for your accomplishments than a delightful afternoon nap? Try it and let me know your results.
Next, plan ahead for the following day. By now, most of you may have already know how much I appreciate a good planner and taking the time to plan the day. When we are intentional with our time, we get more done and we also practice the discipline of following through with what we say we would do.
A great planner will not only tell you where and when you need to get something done. It should keep you aligned with your goals. If you don't like planning or never tried it, I want to invite you today to try the Panda Planner Pro.
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Lastly, create an experience using your five senses. I challenge you in the upcoming week to put your phone in airplane mode while you go for a stroll at your local park and take in all that's surrounds you. No music, podcasts, or headphones to listen to anything. Tune in to your surroundings and take in the sights, smell, with the air brushing against your skin. Be present and let your senses guide you along your walk. you're sure to notice things you hadn't before during your walk. Doing this brings so much awareness that it will leave you feeling rejuvenated. What's not to love about that!
Join the conversation below. I'd love to hear your experience practicing at least one of the above-mentioned suggestions. Did you enjoy it? Is either of them something you currently practice for self-care? I'd love to hear from you