When was the last time you rewarded yourself for achieving something?

As a manager you take care of the entire team. You make sure that they don’t face any problem at work. You bring the latest tools for them and give them everything they need to deliver the best of their ability. You even reward them for delivering projects successfully.

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But, what about rewarding yourself? When was the last time you gave yourself a treat for putting off fire in a project? When was the last time you raised a toast for yourself? Can’t remember?

The role of a manager or a leader is just the head of a family. While doing the best for the family, we forget to give ourselves the reward we deserve. In this post, I’m going to talk about this topic only. And, shed some light on how rewarding keeps our spirits high; giving us the boost we need to keep doing great.

So, let us have a look on why rewarding yourself for your achievements is the best thing you can do for yourself as a manager -

Gives you a sense of accomplishment

Nothing boosts the morale of a person than the sense of having accomplished something. Giving yourself a treat for completing a project, or even on finishing off a task is a good reminder that you are doing great. It serves as a token for your achievement. It becomes a memory.

And, in the longer run it serves as a sense of accomplishment that you can look up to when you are down and out. We all need that sense of motivation, sometime or the other in our life. These rewards that you give yourself for successfully completing something serve that purpose.

Serves as positive reinforcement

When I was a kid, my father used to bribe me with a chocolate if I could recite the poem without making any mistake. After a few months, in the excitement that I’d get a chocolate I would voluntarily recite the poem without my father even asking for me to do so. The chocolate in a way worked as a source of positive reinforcement.

Same is the case with rewards in our job life. When you gift yourself something on an accomplishment you get in that psychological frame of mind that the next time you achieve something you can gift yourself something even bigger. And, this psychology works great towards bringing the best out of a person.

Keeps you moving forward

Our performance and physical activities are boosted by an orchestrated interplay between hormones. When we are happy, there is a surge of more serotonin production. And, serotonin is the hormone that keeps the person energetic, prevents them from falling into depression and keeps the confidence high to achieve more. Your happiness, hormones and productivity, therefore, are interrelated.

Rewarding yourself can therefore serve as a great way to keep excelling at your work, and perform exceedingly well!

Rejuvenates you!

Most important of all, when you gift yourself something for an achievement it can serve as a great means of rejuvenation. Whether it is gifting yourself that one weekend break that you have been postponing for months or indulging in your favorite wine. The present can serve as the much needed break.

Therefore, not only does it keep you motivated but also helps in reinvigorating your mind and your body with creative juices that you used up while working on the project.

In the end, it won’t be wrong to say that rewarding yourself is a mean to keep you motivated. We don’t realize, but from time to time our mind needs a reminder that we are doing great. This is where these small gestures of rewarding one’s own self becomes so crucial.

Like said earlier, reward doesn’t always have to come in the form of a lavish holiday or gifting yourself the latest model of iPhone. It can be small things like giving yourself a small treat — dining at your favorite restaurant. Going to your favorite bar with friends and part ways with all the work related stress to kick start afresh.

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Originally published at LinkedIn.

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Vartika Kashyap runs the marketing team at ProofHub — a project management software for teams of all sizes. She is a seasoned marketing professional who is an expert in digital marketing and entrepreneurship. She’s been featured among LinkedIn’s Top Voices for the year 2016. Connect with Vartika on LinkedIn, Medium and Twitter.

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