Motivating with Token Reward Systems

Over the years, I've successfully used points, stickers, stars, candy, and other various tokens to motivate kids. A token economy (which is the more formal name for a reward system using tokens) can be very simple or deeply comprehensive. But no matter how simple or complex, it can bring remarkable results. For example, I was a self-employed piano teacher for ten years. During those ten years, I created a point system for motivating my students to practice every day. If you've ever taken … [Read more...]

I Hope You’re Satisfied

"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing, it's when you've had everything to do and you've done it!" ~Margaret Thatcher How wonderful it is when you can feel "supremely satisfied," as Margaret Thatcher put it. For me, every evening I assess my day to evaluate how productive I was. When I feel a bit anxious as I try to fall asleep, I know that I could have done better. If I can relax and feel content, then I know I spent … [Read more...]

3 Must-Have Books for Developing Discipline, Getting Organized, and Having a Better Life

Recently, I announced that I was starting a personal journey in search of discipline. Like you, I just want to be happier and more fulfilled in life. But procrastination and being disorganized often drags me down. I've suspected for a while that if I could get more organized and be able to stay on top of projects and not forget about them or lose my focus, my whole life would rise up to the next level. Well, I've started that journey and I'm already noticing a difference. I'm not quite ready … [Read more...]

6 Things I’ve Learned About Discipline

You can learn as much about discipline from what you do wrong as from what you do right. The only reason I know I'm not as disciplined with my time and commitments as I would like to be is because I actually have been very disciplined in the past. If I compare now to then, I know I can do much better. Perhaps this is true for you too? Obviously, I'm not an expert on the subject of discipline, but this year, I'm putting a lot of focus on getting more organized and taking my discipline to the … [Read more...]

In Search of Discipline – A Personal Journey

This blog post is a little different today, because I'm not here to give you solutions or strategies. I'm not here to share the latest scientific or psychological techniques to help you with discipline. This is a subject about which I can't give you the answers, because I don't know them. Discipline has been on my mind a lot lately. Lack of discipline is something I've struggled with for many years. It's not that I don't have any because in some areas of my life, I do - like checking my email … [Read more...]