I developed a Post-It system for work. I write down all the little things I need to do and stick them on my desk. When I finish a task, I take the post-it and transfer it to a piece of paper. This paper has the date on it. So all my post-its are like little trophies and this piece of paper is my mantle. It’s a pretty low-tech reward system. Post-its aren’t gold stars, but, like gold stars, they are also yellow polygons.
This isn’t anything new. At my tech writing job, I’d put each task on a tiny post-it. Yet when I evaluated these at the end of the day, I’d just toss them in the recycle bin.
When I keep them, it’s more exciting. I need tangible evidence that I accomplished something during the day and didn’t spend the entire time spinning my wheels. I crave recognition, even if it is just stupid post-its.