Regardless of how I measure up to its early adopters, I'm jumping into the trend with both feet now. Behold! It is an unaesthetically pleasing sticker chart! So far I'm 2 days in, and it's good, goofy fun that keeps me on track with my oft-neglected goals.
Check it out.
I told you it wasn't pretty.
Here's how it works: For every one of the chartable behaviors I perform during the course of a day, I earn a point. When I earn a point, I highlight it. When I redeem that point for the listed treats, I will put a sticker over the highlighted point to show that it's been spent.
Whereas Amy and Lauren are specifically measuring and rewarding their self-care practices, my reward-worthy behaviors are categorized loosely under "important things I have every intention of doing and that get shunted aside for more urgent or distracting things." Most are self-care-oriented, but "read to kids" is the behavior I'm most ashamed of forgetting to do. I mean, I'm an English teacher, for the love. So if getting a sticker makes that goal more of a daily priority, then so be it.
I can only earn a point for each behavior once per day, which helps build strong habits rather than compulsive "point-hoarding" behavior. It's about habit-building and balance, people! Not plopping the kids in front of the TV and staying in bed all day reading so that I can rack up sticker points!
(Although, now that I write that... No. Wait. Bad idea. Stick with Point Allocation Plan A - only one per category per day.)
The rewards are simple: 5 points buys me either one episode of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or a bath with a magazine to read. 10 points means I get a trip to the ritzy Value Village in our neighborhood to do some high-class thrifting. 20 points means a pedicure. All the rewards are good, healthy treats that also serve as positive self-care. (Tip of the hat to Lauren Gordon for that idea!)
So far this system is embarrassingly satisfying. I mean, I should be more sophisticated than to be delighted by the potential of giving myself stickers and simple rewards, right? WRONG! It's so fun! I do wonder if the novelty will wear out and I'll stop keeping track, or I'll get rebellious and give up entirely. But for now it's helping me meet simple, high-value goals and form good habits.
Plus, stickers! STICKERS!
I would never, ever, ever laugh at a notebook page that encouraged me to place sticky things on it. I am a lady. (Image Source)