Monday, January 16, 2012

I Guess I'm Not Too Highly Principled After All

My Mason Money Jars of Motivation!
I like to think of myself as one who esteems the values of honesty, trustworthiness, decency... all those good morals that our parents tried to instill in us.

But I have this problem with laziness occasionally.  Sometimes I even let busyness creep in & keep me from being diligent & disciplined about things that I should be diligent & disciplined about - like some of my 12 for 2012.

We are now two weeks into the new year.  I have to say that I am doing fairly well with my exercise goals.  I would like to say that I doing just as well with my eating habits but I am trying to quit lying this year.  It's my trade off because I now accept bribes.  Yep, bribes in the form of cold hard cash have found a way into my life.  Now you understand why I have no room in my life for lying.  Only one vice at a time, thank you very much.

Via Pinterest, I found a little blip from that suggested setting yourself up a little jar for bribery payment.  You see, every time I work out for 15 minutes I get a quarter.  All that moola goes into the jar on the right.  After I set that jar up & saw the cash laying in there I got to thinking that maybe I need to add another jar...the jar on the left is for house cleaning.  I kinda hate to spend my free time dusting, sweeping, doing dishes, mopping, etc.  But it has to be done & it should be done regularly.  As in at least a full go of it every two weeks (I hope you don't think we're dirty).  Anyway, I decided that each house cleaning earned me $1 (my sister says I should get a lot more; I like the way she thinks!).  I've also been toying with the idea of paying myself $1 into that jar every time I get eight hours of sleep.  It's another area I struggle with & cash is a powerful motivator!

I'm not sure what I'll do with the money or when I'll do it...suggestions are welcome!  Also, share if you have other ways of tricking yourself into doing things that should be done.  After all, we're all here to help each other, right? :-)


Alicia said...

What a great idea, Mary Ann! I might copy you though I'd have to keep the jars up high enough to be out of the kids' reach. They're already learning the value of a dollar and how many toys it can buy at the thrift store!

TwoMuths said...

love the idea. :-)

Mary Ann said...

Alicia, your kiddos are smart! :-) And yeah, I have my jars in the corner of the kitchen on a shelf because I'm not sure I can trust Mike to keep his mitts off - LOL!
Jenny, thanks! I found it on pinterest...I love pinterest!