Big: I have issues finding time to pamper myself. I am, like you, so busy. When I am alone, I often choose to write, clean the house or run errands. I have realized that it is OK, even important, to pamper myself. I finished that column (early) that had been giving me fits. That earns me 30 minutes to buy and/or read a book (one of my most favorite things.) I submitted that essay--go take a long bath (another thing I love). I completed a telephone interview that had been making me nervous (whew), I give myself $3.46 for that Skinny SF Vanilla Late I so love at Starbucks. Knowing that I can reward myself when I complete a goal keeps me moving along. And it keeps me sane.
Bigger: I have been a stay-home mom for a long time. For years, I chose to buy my everyday clothes at discount stores. That was great for then, but this is now. I am making (some) money again. I would like a new purse, some new shoes or an outfit for a special occaision. Or maybe my hair could use an update. When I make "X" number of dollars, I head out for some shopping or a pedicure. Anything to make me feel good about my appearance. Talk about motivation. I better submit because I can't "get" without those checks!
Biggest: I really, really, really, really, really want a big, fancy I-Mac with the TV-size screen. I am determined to make enough money writing to buy my own. I opened a checking account and all of my writing money goes in. I keep a running tally of how much I will need to pay for income tax and, otherwise, I try to watch that balance grow. I also use this account for upcoming classes and workshops that I want to take, as well as all of my office supplies. Having this account has motivated me to spend LESS money on "stuff" so that I can reward myself with items on my wish list. It has also helped me see (I am very visual) my income grow (or stagnate) and I am very motivated to add something to that account every single month.
Mother's Day is just around the corner. There is no better time than right now to appreciate yourself. Take a few minutes to set some writing goals and rewards that will allow you to take care of yourself as you take care of your career!
Happy Mother's Day!