June 03 2016
Time Management

Racking Up “Awesomeness Points”

My little one has a habit of crying over lots of things.  It’s ok, he’s 4.  But it’s still kind of annoying, so in our typical parent quest to get him to cry less, we made a little chart that highlights all the times he could have cried but didn’t.  Or more likely started crying and stopped quickly.  He would get a sticker for all those times and then work his way up to a prize.  In theory.  He kind of never got to the prize.  But the chart still works because of the very basic human desire to have small wins recognized – for everything to count for something.

It is pretty much the entire reason you have people spending all manner of money on FitBits!

As I have been tracking my time in a time diary to see where it all goes – life’s great mystery – I find myself very aware throughout the day when I do one of the things that I have deemed of value… or not.  A little mental tally has begun to sprout up… “well at least I took the dog to off-leash at the park today, spoke to my mother and didn’t spend any money stupidly…”

These arbitrary little moments of Time Well Spent that I can feel good about at the end of the day are my ultimate goal.  It is satisfying and encouraging when I manage to get some of them in.  You know that feeling… after you worked out, or managed to spend 30 quality *singularly-focused* minutes with your kid, or just did whatever that was generally good for your body/mind/soul/finances/family well-being (or some combination thereof)?

So, funny thing happened.. a List of Awesomeness has taken form in my mind.  And I have given weight to each awesome thing so that at the end of the day, I can tally up all my awesomeness points and pat myself on the back for a job well done.  Like I do for my 4 year old.  What can I say – it feels good.

Except, yesterday my tally was 15 out of a possible 230.  Though to be fair, since I would never go to, say, a kickboxing and yoga class on the same day, I’d say a fair score is anything above 80.

List of Awesomeness

1. Out of bed before 7:00 am: 5
2. Color with the little guy for 30 minutes: 10
3. Take the dog to the park: 5
4. Take kids to park: 15
5. 50 crunches: 5
6. 15 leg lifts: 5
7. 18 squats: 5
8. 10 squat thrusts: 5
9. 10 push ups: 5
10. 20 jumping jacks: 5
11. 10 minutes yoga/stretching: 5
12. Bring lunch to work: 10
13. Meditate for 5 minutes: 5
14. Call mom: 5
15. Spend money on nothing but food: 5
16. Practice ukulele: 5
17. Go for bike ride: 15
18. Have family game night: 15
19. Read book: 5
20. Get rid of 5 things: 5
21. Brush doggie’s teeth: 5
22. Go to kickboxing class: 50
23. Go to yoga class: 25
24. Nature walk: 15

230 total possible

What do you get awesomeness points for?

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    • Hi Thias – thank you for checking out my site. I hope you do put your own list together – I’d be interested to see what other people do with their time that makes them feel great…

  • This chart is a great idea, and as adults, we should all have one with a list of the things that makes us happy, but we forget to do with the business of life…. I really love this idea, and I think I should get one myself, starting with reading a book. There so much going on in my home right now, that It’s been months since I read one… Thank you for sharing this awesome idea!

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    • Hi Jacky – thank you for visiting the site and commenting! Yes, I am working on adding to this list and it is very fun and satisfying. My lackluster score on my first two days keeping track led me to get my butt to Kickboxing class yesterday – a 50 pointer! I am in pain today but it feels great.

  • Maybe I should try this just for time management lol I’ve been so slacking lately ! I always have so many things I want to do throughout my day but I get so overwhelmed and end up doing none! A list would help me stay accountable

  • This is a really cool idea, I like it a lot. It’s motivating you to want to do things that are actually awesome. I think spending quality time with my wife is one of the key things, as that’s why I want to achieve FIRE in the first place, so I don’t have to spend many hours each day away from her.

    Tristan

    • Tristan – After I made this like I was like “D’oh!!” How could I have not included time alone with my husband?! With an 8 year old and a 4 year old, that is one of the hardest/ yet highest reward things that I strive for – it’s like a 100-pointer. I was too lazy to update my list, but I need to! Thank you so much for checking out my site…

      Linda

    1. Dividendsdownunder 08:00am 10 June - 2016 - Reply

      This is a really cool idea, I like it a lot. It’s motivating you to want to do things that are actually awesome. I think spending quality time with my wife is one of the key things, as that’s why I want to achieve FIRE in the first place, so I don’t have to spend many hours each day away from her.

      Tristan

      • Brooklyn Bread 02:56pm 10 June - 2016 - Reply

        Tristan – After I made this like I was like “D’oh!!” How could I have not included time alone with my husband?! With an 8 year old and a 4 year old, that is one of the hardest/ yet highest reward things that I strive for – it’s like a 100-pointer. I was too lazy to update my list, but I need to! Thank you so much for checking out my site…

        Linda

    2. This is a great idea! And I have a 4 year old too…so I feel your pain haha!

      • Brooklyn Bread 01:16am 09 June - 2016 - Reply

        Oh yes, they are at peak cuteness and peak crying over everything!

    3. Tiffany @ Arrows & Awe 06:39pm 07 June - 2016 - Reply

      Maybe I should try this just for time management lol I’ve been so slacking lately ! I always have so many things I want to do throughout my day but I get so overwhelmed and end up doing none! A list would help me stay accountable

      • Brooklyn Bread 07:06pm 07 June - 2016 - Reply

        Yes – but the key is giving yourself points so you have a benchmark!

    4. Faith (Home Ec @ Home) 02:06pm 06 June - 2016 - Reply

      Cool idea. I have never thought of this. Helps to encourage and help one feel positive about themselves.

      • Brooklyn Bread 02:13pm 06 June - 2016 - Reply

        Thank you Faith – and thank you for checking out my site!

    5. Jacky @ Joyful Savings 11:36am 06 June - 2016 - Reply

      This chart is a great idea, and as adults, we should all have one with a list of the things that makes us happy, but we forget to do with the business of life…. I really love this idea, and I think I should get one myself, starting with reading a book. There so much going on in my home right now, that It’s been months since I read one… Thank you for sharing this awesome idea!

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      • Brooklyn Bread 02:10pm 06 June - 2016 - Reply

        Hi Jacky – thank you for visiting the site and commenting! Yes, I am working on adding to this list and it is very fun and satisfying. My lackluster score on my first two days keeping track led me to get my butt to Kickboxing class yesterday – a 50 pointer! I am in pain today but it feels great.

    6. Thias @It Pays Dividends 02:22am 06 June - 2016 - Reply

      This is an interesting idea! It is a good way to try and motivate yourself to get a few more things done each day that your normally put off. I may need to put together my own list of awesomeness!

      • Brooklyn Bread 02:12pm 06 June - 2016 - Reply

        Hi Thias – thank you for checking out my site. I hope you do put your own list together – I’d be interested to see what other people do with their time that makes them feel great…

    7. Lisa @ Fun Money Mom 12:49am 06 June - 2016 - Reply

      What a cute idea! I should try this with my four year old!

    8. Heather @ Simply Save 03:46pm 05 June - 2016 - Reply

      I love this! What a great way to think more positively about how we spend our time and those days where we can’t do it all.

      • Brooklyn Bread 04:23pm 05 June - 2016 - Reply

        Thank you Heather – this got me to go to Kickboxing today – big win!

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