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Weekly Course on Time Management – Week 17 – The Practice of Rewarding Yourself
Growing up, all you would want to hear were words like “Here is your ice cream sweetheart” after completing a task assigned by your parents.
For some, it’s the ice cream, but for others, it could have been a day-off from household chores, a trip to grandma, or a few of your favorite candies (or toys).
The more effort to complete the task, such as getting good grades, the better the reward would be, such as a bicycle.
It’s a simple drill; do something and you get something in return. Moreover, the more effort, the better is the reward. And it all happens for a simple reason.
Because it works!
If you are a busy bee homeschool mom, you can use the same principle to reward yourself. Here is why.
Why Reward Yourself?
- Rewards can be a great motivator for good time management. When you are a homeschool mom, you indeed get the reward in terms of kids’ learning and demonstrating better behavior but you still need some external motivation to keep going.
- We know you have been working hard as a homeschool mom, and reward is a way to keep you motivated, so you continue to work harder. You may be an exceptional homeschool mom, but you still need a reward to continue to be the best.
- Moreover, a reward gives you a break from your everyday schedule. Moms, too, need “down” time. It takes off the excessive stress of the day and gives a new and fresh outlook to their activities every day.
How Should You Reward Yourself?
You know why you need to reward yourself, but the next most important question is how to reward yourself?
While it may seem natural to reward others, the practice of rewarding oneself still seems like an alien concept.
Here are a few examples of how you, as a homeschool mom, can reward yourself.
- Cook a meal for yourself;
- Schedule an appointment at a spa;
- Go to the cinema with your friends;
- Watch your favorite sport; and
- Buy yourself a fancy coffee.
Get yourself your favorite ice cream and the list can go on and on. It could be anything that you usually enjoy, but you are currently missing out on because you are a mom (and a homeschool mom).
But don’t let the fact deter you from enjoying some of the best things life has to offer. But that brings me to the next most critical question about the practice of rewarding yourself.
When Should You Reward Yourself?
Remember when your parents would get you your favorite treat? When you accomplished something exceptional.
As a rule, the more significant the outcome, the better will be the reward. Some of the instances when you should reward yourself may include (but is not limited to):
- At the end of the homeschool term;
- After you have done exceptionally well with your kids in a specific subject; and
- When you feel you need the motivation to keep going.
While rewards are a great way to keep yourself motivated, let’s end the lesson with a word of warning about rewards. Try to use rewards as a special treat for when you genuinely do well at your homeschool.
And when you don’t, you don’t have to punish yourself for failing.
Remember, you are a busy bee homeschool mom. You are already great! And you can continue to be exceptional with the practice of rewarding yourself.