I was in absentia last week due to a big deadline, which I met, but only by neglecting almost everything else in my life. Obviously, I need to work on balance, so I never have to turn off the internet and literally lock myself in my room for hours at a time, for days at a stretch, again.
It can be hard for me to commit to work for the sake of the work itself–there needs to be some external reason, whether it’s threat of disapproval from a beloved mentor or a sense of responsibility to my beloved students. I need the stick, even if it’s a soft, inflatable, plush-covered one.
But the carrot! I’m likely to forgo the carrot, since really, meeting one’s obligations shouldn’t guarantee you a ticker-tape parade. We say this all the time: you don’t get a cookie for not being an asshole.
But I did just complete a 45 page draft. IT IS MILLER TIME, BITCHEZ.
Except that Miller is gross. I need something better. I made brownies, and I’m thinking about buying myself a kind-of-expensive book that has to do with another research interest, but that seems…inadequate.
So inspire me! Today’s FFT question is: how do you reward yourself after getting past a major hurdle? What is your preferred carrot?