Many years ago now, Neil and I created a workout incentives program for ourselves. We found that we were more committed to working out when there was some sort of end goal. In our case, a cash pay out. When we first did the program we found it to be super helpful to keep us on track. However, one thing that I don’t believe we did was have consequences for not staying on track. I think this was partially responsible for why we only did this program for a few months before letting it fall to the wayside.
Since Neil and I have both been off our workout games lately, we have decided to bring back the incentive program and have budgeted for $50 each for our incentive goal. Before I get into the consequences for not accomplishing our goal, I’ll explain what our goal is for the month of November.
The Goal: Workout 70% of the days in November (21 total days) for a minimum of 30 minutes.
If successful, we will receive at least $50* on the last day of the month.
If we do not accomplish our goal we are required to payout $5 for each missed day to be divided between the two kids savings accounts.
Bonus: For each extra day we workout we can earn three additional dollars for a possible total of $77.
Sounds easy, right? Well hopefully it will be and this means I’ll get back to being consistent with my workouts!
*In case you are wondering why cash? Neil and I have a tendency to not spend money on ourselves even when we need to. This money that we earn will be $50 we can use guilt free towards whatever we want. Originally we were going to set a specific item/service as our goal but then decided that for us it just didn’t make sense. It works better for us to make a decision when the time comes based on what we need then.