Does anybody have any interesting ideas or references (blog posts, vague thoughts, tweets, forum discussion, academic articles, books, whatever) about devices to reward yourself for “good behaviour”?
I’m looking for maximum variability along all possible axes in this general area, so please feel free to post things you might think are not exactly what I’m looking for! But also anything that’s very similar to my examples, I’m interested in those too.
Right now I can only think of these four ideas below, which are displeasingly similar in nature – for example none of them are discussions of how to apply them, or how to reward youself by slacking off on beeminder, or reasons this whole idea might not be a good thing, or debate around why/when this helps, for evolutionary reasons or why you should give thanks by running naked through the woods, or… I don’t know what.
Anyway here are the examples I could think of:
- Beeminder cumulative charts
- Seinfeld-style “don’t break the chain”
- Verbal (or mental) self-congratulation habits – I think I first thought seriously about this after reading about B J Fogg’s “tiny habits”
- These sub-daily feedback charts https://github.com/matkoniecz/beeminder-percentile-feedback