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Jan 28, 2019 08:55:06

Positive Reinforcement

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Sarah Hum

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Back in school when I had to write long essays, I had a strategy. Write X number of words (usually around 500), and I get a reward.

Write 500 words and I can watch an episode of TV.

Write 500 words and I can play games for half an hour.

Write 500 words and I can go have a snack break.

I always found writing much easier when there was something to look forward to. Breaking down a 5,000-word essay was much more manageable when broken down into 500-word chunks. Especially when I was writing about a topic that wasn't super interesting to me. Like history.

My positive reinforcement is still pretty much the same years after school. I still watch a lot of TV (thanks Netflix), I still play games, I still love snacking. Now that we're traveling too, I'm motivated to get work done so I can go exploring. Sometimes all you need for productivity is a new backdrop.

As I'm writing right now, I'm sitting at our hotel in Sitges. In the little lounge area next to the pool. I'm ready to go out and have some tasty tapas and walk along the beach.

How do you reward yourself for a good day's work?

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    @hum Feels better to do anything when there's a reward. I like looking forward to a nice scotch in the evening.

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 28, 2019 11:47:53
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      @gabrielgreco Nice, seems like alcohol is a popular reward haha

      Sarah Hum avatar Sarah Hum | Jan 28, 2019 13:09:29
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      @hum It also implies you're done for the day. Once you can drink you're truly ready to relax.

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 28, 2019 15:45:47
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    @hum Loved the idea of a 'rewards' system. I would not mind a beer after a productive workday ends.

    Amar Vyas avatar Amar Vyas | Jan 28, 2019 15:14:42
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      @amarvyas Hah, awesome! I'm more of a white wine girl :)

      Sarah Hum avatar Sarah Hum | Jan 28, 2019 13:08:51
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