Blog Tip 23. Reward Yourself
Tangent Time: When I was a kid my parents used to use a ‘star system’ where they’d have a piece of paper on the fridge with a table on it with the names of us three kids and the days of the week. Each day we had the potential to earn up to three ‘gold stars’ (little stickers). Stars were awarded for good behavior, doing chores, not doing certain bad habbits etc (basically it was a behavior modification technique). When we got to 50 gold stars we were allowed to trade in our stars for a reward of some kind (usually food or toys).
In a sense it was an incentive program that taught us how to work toward a goal and learn a bit of discipline along the way (either that or it was a twisted child labor type of thing).
It’s actually a technique that I still use on myself to this day. While I don’t have a little table with gold stars on it – I do have certain blogging goals in my mind and I give myself rewards and treats to mark occasions along the way.
It needn’t be a big reward but setting targets to aim for in this way can be a good motivation to keep your blogging moving. I do this both on a micro level (ie at the end of big posts or for reaching a daily posting schedule goal) but also on a macro level (ie for reaching monthly and even quarterly goals).
What goals do you have and what rewards might you put in place for when you achieve them?
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Great idea Darren, I recently set a goal of $100/day from blogging, and decided that when I get there I will treat myself to a 17″ PowerBook…
It kept me blogging hard all through November :)
My goal is to get to $10 a day on my personal blogging by this time next year, as well as to increase my income by 15% in my blogging job by becoming more useful, and continuing to work harder.
If I achieve both of those goals, I am going to reward myself with a whole new computer. If I only achieve one or the other, then I only get to have an upgrade. :) No point in letting myself fail.
My personal goal hasn’t been nearly as ambitious as either of the other two commenters, but basically it’s been to post at least once a day, which I’ve been doing with the help of a few syndicated articles from another blogger.
It’s been helping… over the past four weeks alone my weekly traffic average is up 40%. :-)