Bribery is one of the best tools around and I think more moms should use it.
Now before you run off to find your stash of feathers and your wheel barrow of tar, let me explain.
As many of you know, I love mornings. I get up an hour or so before the rest of the family so that I can prepare my heart, my plans and myself for the day. But I don’t get up at O’dark nothing just for the sheer fun of it.
Yes, I know the value of what I’m doing and I feel the benefit of my time with God, but there are some mornings when I. Just. Want. To. Sleep.
So I bribe myself. I know what I *want* to do, but I don’t always *feel* like it, so I bribe myself with something I *feel* like doing.
I’ve created a cozy little space in my office with a teapot, a basket of teas, and an assortment of snacks. Sometimes there is chocolate.
On those mornings when I *want* to get up but I don’t *feel* like it, I bribe myself with whatever works.
Lately, I’ve been bribing myself with a book.
I’ve rarely found a book I wanted to sit down and devour more than this one. If you’ve read this blog for long, you might know that I’m a total fangirl when it comes to Melanie’s writing. She is ridiculously hilarious, witty and wise.
I got this book right in the midst of a crazy busy couple weeks for me. It was all I could do not to chuck it all, grab some chocolate and coffee and just have a little readathon.
The kids’ could make their own dinner, right?
But I didn’t do that. Instead I used this tempting little treat to bribe myself to get all my work done….on time (take that procrastination). I used it to get up early a few mornings to make sure I had time for my regular routine and some extra writing I needed to do.
I’m happy to say that I’m finally through my busy couple of weeks and I got everything done well.
To the rest of the world, I just looked like a diligent, hard working morning person, but now you know my little secret.
Need a Little Extra Incentive?
Melanie offered to give one of you a copy of her book! (By the way it hit the New York Times Best Seller list this weekend. How cool is that?)
To enter, just leave a comment sharing what thing you’ve been procrastinating that you want to get done. Maybe this book will be the perfect incentive to get started…and finished.
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