Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Sticker Method and the Guilt-Free Jar

I wrote this as one of statuses online and thought it was worth sharing:

The first week of 2014 is off to a whirlwind start: New Year's Party with friends, anniversary at Disneyland, hangout at Google Los Angeles, discovered more amazing vegan food, rejections, requests, preparing for contests and queries, finished reading a book, edited my column, catching up with friends online, found a dietitian, morning walks in the park, watched Sherlock, snuggling with kitties, wrote a poem, cried my eyes out after Saving Mr.Banks, lunch with a friend, singing "Let It Go" from Frozen over and over, writing at Barnes and Noble, watching Joey create a new app, and talking about moving. This is my life.

Now onto week two.

One of things that has kept me going during NaNoWriMo in November was not just the people--- it was the sticker method. I've mentioned in past posts, but here it is again today! 

I have my calendar and kitty stickers all ready to finish Death Notice this month. I want as many kitties, clouds, and hearts littering the month of January. I'm excited-- and nervous! For some reason, this novel is really hitting me in the gut so I'm trying to use whatever tools that will get me to the finish line.

This year is also one where I need to work harder with my health. I found out I have a condition that requires me to adjust how I eat and exercise. It's so easy to let myself browse on the computer and remained cooped up in the house. I must work harder! I was thinking today, what kind of sticker method could I use for exercise?

I've seen a variety of blog posts where they use jars for different purposes for goal setting. I found a jar, grabbed my pen, and scribbled little "rewards" for myself. I can give myself between a half hour and an hour doing whatever the paper says-- with no guilt

My calendar with its first sticker! Kitty stickers and my jar. Happy dance!
What's great about this are these are things that I put off, or won't "let" myself do because I need to this or that instead. I have two weeks worth of them to rotate through of different things from drawing, browsing Tumblr, a cheat day, write a poem, and, my favorite, "Treat Yo Self".  

We'll see how long this experiment lasts, but so far, I'm pretty excited about what I will pick tomorrow!

Here's to a productive New Year!



  1. I love the jar idea! I used the sticker method for NaNoWriMo too and it helped. I think I'll continue since I have plenty of stickers left, but now I can consider adding the jar too. :)

    1. It's a good time to pick up a calender is you don't have one, too. I've seen some 50% off sales. Write on! Hope the jar helps with whatever goal you need a push with in the New Year. Cheers!


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