Many a Tuesday night, I take myself out for sushi. It’s the night I usually work late, and I figure if I were in an office working late, my company might spring for dinner from somewhere. Indeed, when I worked at Fortune as an intern one summer, many an evening featured sushi delivered up to those of us figuring out the question of who the 40 richest people under age 40 were.
So my sushi dinner (and glass of pinot grigio) become a way to reward myself. On Facebook, a friend mentioned that she takes herself out for breakfast on Friday. In her case it’s not so much a reward as a way to create mental space, though doing it on Friday does kind of make it a reward for getting through the week.
There are non-food ways to do this too. Retail therapy gets mentioned. A massage. A field trip, like cutting out early one day to go to a museum. If I’m ahead of schedule and the weather is nice, I might do a long run during the workday.
We all need ways to reward and motivate ourselves. I’m trying to come up with a list of ways to celebrate triumphs big and small. How do you give yourself a pat on the back?