Much of human behavioral psychology can be explained by the simple phrase “Behavior that is rewarded is repeated.” This is true even when you reward yourself for your own behavior.
To accomplish more right here, right now, identify in advance a “reward” that you’ll bestow upon yourself for completing a desired task. This can be especially applied during the busy season, with return after return to be filed for your clients.
Easy Does It
Suppose you've just finished preparing a client's quarterly statements, and you want to benefit from the practice of rewarding yourself for your accomplishment. The reward might be as simple as making a phone call. It might be taking a stroll around the block. It could be checking e-mail, having a cup of herbal tea, totaling up your earnings for the last quarter, or any other small, favorable event.
Dr. Aubrey Daniels, in his book Bringing Out the Best in People, calls this the Grandma Principle — scheduling a reward following a good performance. As grandma would say, “You don't get to eat your ice cream until you eat your spinach!”
About Jeff Davidson
Jeff Davidson, a.k.a. “The Work-life Balance Expert”®, speaks to accounting firms and associations on increasing their work-life balance so they can be more productive and competitive, and still have a happy home life. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, and Dial it Down, Live it Up. Visit breathingspace.com.