schokoConfession time: Sometimes, when I have to do some work I really dislike, I bribe myself with rewards. It’s not very grown-up in me, but what can I say? It often works. So when it’s time to weed the vegetable bed, or tidy my desk, I tell myself, if you finish that now, you may go to the cinema later, or order a CD online – whatever works. The bribe doesn’t need to be large, often a piece of chocolate does the trick. Or several pieces … Sometimes I bribe myself with going on walk with my husband, so the bribe can even be romantic.

The more disagreeable the task, the larger the bribe needs to be to be effective, however. The past weekend, I had to mark five term papers. I had procrastinated enough, it was high time, the deadline was looming. So I got to work … and I did it. The reward is to be reaped tonight: I may go to the Carina Press site and place my next ebook order. With a very good feeling.

Do you ever bribe yourself? What bribes work best for you? And do you think this is silly, or is it a case of whatever works?

– Rike Horstmann