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8Feb/110

Motivating Yourself through Rewards

Successful Motivation through Self-Rewards
It’s not always possible to delete, defer, or delegate tasks that you don’t like. Sometimes, you get stuck with the wrong end of the stick and have a lot of work you’d rather not do. One technique to get through this is to reward yourself.
Who better to provide you with an incentive than yourself? You know what you want and value the most. When trying to find the motivation to complete these crappy your tasks, self-incentive can go quite a long way. Some ways that you can reward yourself include:

• Treat yourself to a fancy dinner you have been wanting lately
• Treat yourself to some Starbucks
• Get that new video game you’ve wanted for a while
• Take a quick walk

Yeah, rewards  aren’t always expensive, and can often be so basic that others may wonder what your point is, but what does matter is how effective it is at getting you through your tasks.
Rewards Are Nothing New
Rewards are used within the largest of corporations in order to increase morale and motivation of employees. It is only natural that self-incentive is going to give you something to be glad to work towards, something you are working for, and a reason to really strive to get your tasks done. Sometimes knowing what you’ll get at the end makes the little annoyances disappear.

We've shared a few ways of rewarding yourself,  how do you reward yourself for getting things done?

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21Jan/110

Focusing on Easy Victories

Easy Victories Can Help You with Successful Task Completion
Have you ever had several tasks to complete, but looked at them all as a group? You don’t really appreciate the completion of just one task because you are bunching all your tasks together, decreasing the value of just one victory. You don’t want to lose your aspect of value in the completion of one task as it can demotivate you greatly as you seek out completion of all tasks you may have.
Motivation is a key element of successful task completion, and motivating yourself is highly essential to your success. Easy victories can be a prime method of ensuring that you remain on track and motivated to keep going. Although tasks may be your responsibility, it is easy to let them slide back due to demotivating factors. Focusing on Easy Tasks First

What are Easy Victories?
An easy victory is the completion of a simple or smaller task. As you complete the task, you know it was easy, but the victory is going to motivate you to do more. Just like anything else you may do in life, if you get an easy win, you are going to want to go for the gold much more than without these easy victories. An easy victory could be even just the preparation to complete tasks by creating a schedule or some sort, which can be so simple, but so motivating.
Easy victories are just your way of setting milestones that are easy to pass and can keep you going. Treating the completion of one task as just a part of your overall total tasks can greatly overwhelm you as you think of all that you have left to do. However, if you do have a very large task that requires various steps, small victories could be the completion of various elements of your overall task.

Small victories are great victories and worth a great deal in terms of motivation. There aren’t many people that are going to take on a great deal without setting small victories for themselves to stay on track and motivated to do it all.

We've designed Taskenstein.com to show you when you've completed something to assist with these "Easy Victories". Check us out and let us know what you think!

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6Sep/100

Updated Features for September-Change Log

Taskenstein.comWe're pleased to announce several new features to make your to do's easier to manage. Here's the Change log for September:
Change Log
  • Add new task now has simpler tab order to make creating tasks faster
  • New Shortcuts for task due dates
    • use “d” to indicates days ex:
      • 1d would be due 1 day from the current date
    • use ‘w” to indicate weeks for example:
      • 3w would be due 3 weeks from the current date
  • Deleting tasks now easier
  • User Guide has been created and published at www.taskenstein.com/guide.php
  • Quick overview video of site has been created and is viewable on the homepage or upon logging in for the first time
  • Blog has been created at www.taskenstein.com/blog
  • Interface options for recurring tasks have been made easier
  • Deleting multiple tasks now easier
  • Tasks not marked as important are now by default marked as “Not Important”

Miscellaneous

  • Fixed Several Javascript related bugs for Chrome
  • Updated several formatting and layout settings
  • Simplified username and password length requirements

We have more features coming, but if you'd like to see something specific please email support[at]taskenstein.com

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