How to reward yourself in business. 160 Out-Of-The-Box ideas. Literally

Do you reward yourself in business? Go on....be honest here. Do you have a simple system to make sure you celebrate the wins, large and small, so you stay motivated to keep creating a business that will make an impact and give you joy?
Introducing The Celebration Box
The Celebration Box is the answer to a problem so many entrepreneurs have. We are great at thinking of the next project, focusing on our never ending to-do list and getting stuff done. We often suck at taking the time to acknowledge and celebrate our achievements along the way and tend to start focusing on the next "thing" without pause. In fact most entrepreneurs I know subconsciously think "You can reward yourself in business when you have achieved EVERYTHING you have set out to do", and, by default punish themselves for not having achieved the pinnacle of their definition of success yet, even if they are taking massive action each step along the way.
My Simple System To Reward Yourself in Business
In short, the Celebration Box is a small box (often chosen for it's beauty or significance) which you fill with slips of paper, with different rewards which can be as simple as "go and have a mani-pedi" to "go for a surf/game of golf / walk in your favourite bushland" to "Book a weekend away". The idea is when you have completed a goal, you dip into the Celebration Box and choose your reward. This works incredibly well with my clients to keep them motivated and reduce overwhelm. Watch the video below to get a sneak peek at my celebration box and what is in it, plus tips on how to use this simple system to reward yourself in business. I have found one problem though. Often people need help coming up with ideas to put in their Celebration Box. So after you watch the video, scroll below for 160 ideas for you to choose from 🙂
How Some of My Friends Suggest You Can Reward Yourself In Business
To help you come up with exciting ideas to put in your own Celebration Box I asked a few of my friends in business "how do you reward yourself in business?" . I've shared their answers down below including 10 ideas from each of them you can use for inspiration to include in your own Celebration Box. I absolutely love how different each person is (and how many people include my favourites). It just goes to show that how you choose to reward yourself in business is totally up to you and no matter how crazy or how simple your ideas are, every single idea is perfect if it resonates with you.
Ideas to Include in Your Celebration Box
Janet Beckers, Founder "Romance Your Tribe"
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
Anything that combines water (like the ocean, rivers or even a gorgeous pool) and the people I love.
Janet Beckers, Founder "Romance Your Tribe"
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
Anything that combines water (like the ocean, rivers or even a gorgeous pool) and the people I love.
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. Go kayaking with my husband
2. A long walk on the beach with my dog Leonardo di Puplio
3. A morning or evening of creating pouring art acrylics with my daughter
4. Talk music and create a great Spotify playlist with my son
5. A bike ride or bushwalk with a friend
6. Massage with aromatherapy
7. A bottle of champagne with gourmet nibbles on the deck with my family
8. A weekend away in nature with my man
9. A spa day with my sister followed by cocktails
10. Light an aromatherapy candle, put on a favourite playlist, pour a glass of wine, grab my kindle (or my man) and soak in the bath for ages
Milana Leshinsky, Simplicity Circle
Milana Leshinsky, Simplicity Circle
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. Play the piano
2. Composing a piece of music
3. Take my dog for a long walk
4. Ballroom dance on my own
5. Dance with friends
6. Buy a gorgeous new ballroom dancing outfit
7. Binge on a favourite TV show like The Bachelor
8. Enjoy quiet time in my beautiful home
9. Go on vacation to Dominican Republic
10. Roast marshmallows with my best friend over a fire at her farmhouse
Michelle Falzon, We Are Content
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
TRAVEL! I love traveling and I often reward myself with trips – large or small. Paris or Pitt Street, I gift myself special travel experiences to celebrate projects, milestones and achievements.
Michelle Falzon, We Are Content
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
TRAVEL! I love traveling and I often reward myself with trips – large or small. Paris or Pitt Street, I gift myself special travel experiences to celebrate projects, milestones and achievements.
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. Book a Pedicure
2. Take a day off and get out into nature
3. Take a walk
4. Retail Therapy – buy that dress or book or gadget you wanted
5. Have a sleep-in
6. Pay it forward – make the time to do something special for someone
7. Buy tickets to a concert
8. Try something fun that you've never done before – salsa dancing? flower arranging? drama classes?
9. Watch a sunrise
10. Go for a swim in the ocean
Carrie Wilkerson, Speaker, Author & Consultant
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
Sunshine & exploring with my kids.
Carrie Wilkerson, Speaker, Author & Consultant
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
Sunshine & exploring with my kids.
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. A new book in the sunshine
2. Water & sunshine... pool, lake, beach – whatever
3. A free day with my parents
4. A movie & fun snacks with my family
5. Splurge on a new lotion or perfume
6. A day trip
7. Long bubble bath with a youtube playlist of my favorite artists
8. Creating something with my youngest...
9. 1-1 time with my middle – her choice
10. alone time at the coffee shop, earphones in, fave coffee and writing (NOT on deadline)
Ludwina Dautovic, The Room Xchange
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
Relax doing what I love – When I work hard and achieve great things, I give myself my weekends completely off to paint, cook and relax.
Carrie Wilkerson, Speaker, Author & Consultant
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
Relax doing what I love – When I work hard and achieve great things, I give myself my weekends completely off to paint, cook and relax.
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. A day of horseriding
2. Weekend away
3. Holiday,
4. Going to Albury to see my little people (Niece and nephews)
5. Go for a long ride on my bike
6. Lay in the sun
7. Go out for dinner (Korean BBQ!)
8. Get a massage
9. Get a pedicure, nails done, and facial
10. A good session at the hairdressers (cover my greys, trim my ends, and that damn good head rub that comes at the wash basin!)
Valerie Khoo, Abstract Artist specialising in creating art for business owners
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
Spending time with my family, including my furry family.
Valerie Khoo, Abstract Artist specialising in creating art for business owners
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
Spending time with my family, including my furry family.
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. Champagne and shopping at my favourite boutique
2. Indulge in a foot massage (there is nothing like it!)
3. Spending big on new art materials
4. Go out on a boat for the day
5. A Netflix marathon with a great show!
6. Treating my pets with surprises
7. Dinner with wonderful friends
8. Booking into an experience I've always wanted to do
9. Treating my team to an outing
10. Sampling a new restaurant
Michelle McGlade, Biz savvy healer for healers
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
Spa day!
Michelle McGlade, Biz savvy healer for healers
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
Spa day!
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. Grab a special bottle of wine and chat with my hubby and kitties by the fireplace
2. Write myself a love letter to document the moment
3. Take the afternoon off and spend time in nature by myself
4. Take the entire day to dive in to a mindless piece of fiction
5. Call a friend and share the great news
6. Immediate dance party in the office with music blaring
7. Gather a group of loved ones together and treat them to dinner
8. Take myself shopping for a new purse, shoes or anything my heart desires in that moment
9. Write a thank you note to each person who has contributed to my recent success
10. I'll leave this one blank... decide in the moment how I'd love to celebrate
Lisa McDonald, Coach
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
A reflexology session – I love having a foot massage and its therapeutic nature. It means I get to relax, restore and rejuvenate my body and mind all at the same time.
Lisa McDonald, Coach
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
A reflexology session – I love having a foot massage and its therapeutic nature. It means I get to relax, restore and rejuvenate my body and mind all at the same time.
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. Reflexology
2. Massage
3. Walk in nature
4. Playing with my son
5. A meal or cuppa with some time out
6. A glass of champagne
7. Time out with family or friends
8. Pedicure
9. Facial
10. Gift of something I want or that I see for myself
Kevin Breeding, Coach, Author & Speaker
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
Time with The Smokin' Hot (aka, my wife, Susie)
Kevin Breeding, Coach, Author & Speaker
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
Time with The Smokin' Hot (aka, my wife, Susie)
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. Massage time
2. A full day of creative outlet (for me, piano)
3. A tech-free day or weekend
4. Weekend away with The Smokin' Hot (see above)
5. A full weekend of nothing – no tasks
6. Bucket list concert – Tony Bennett, Jane Monheit, or other legend
7. A day of mindless car shows (pick your topic, pick your show that allows you to disconnect. For me, vintage car restoration.)
8. A day with one or all of my four, beautiful girls
9. A Tech reward – new gadget
10. A simple Cava or Prosecco, the Smokin' Hot, stars, and an evening on the porch. (I'm a simple guy)
Robyn Jackson, Mindsteps Inc. a boutique professional development firm serving k12 educators
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
My ideal way to celebrate is to travel. I love to book short weekend trips with my husband alone or with our family to celebrate meeting a business milestone.
Robyn Jackson, Mindsteps Inc. A boutique professional development firm serving K12 educators
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
My ideal way to celebrate is to travel. I love to book short weekend trips with my husband alone or with our family to celebrate meeting a business milestone.
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. Book a weekend trip somewhere special (New Orleans and Jamaica are my favs)
2. Take yourself on an afternoon date
3. Read a book purely for pleasure
4. Cook something special for myself
5. Two Words: French Pastry preferably at some chic patisserie patio with great spots for people watching
6. Treat the entire team to a fancy lunch somewhere special
7. Make a batch of ice-cream
8. Take the afternoon off and spend it doing Nothing
9. Buy myself something special but seemingly frivolous
10. Pay myself an actual cash bonus
Clancy Beckers, Student
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
Find new music to enjoy.
Clancy Beckers, Student
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
Find new music to enjoy.
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. Air bnb trip with my girlfriend
2. Sleep in
3. Have a party
4. Go out for dinner
5. Trip to Vinnies
6. Scream as loud as I can
7. Read a magazine (like New Scientist)
8. Book a concert ticket
9. Take time to draw
10. Tell everybody I did something great
Kathy Goughenour, Expert VA Training
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
One full spa day where I completely relax away from the office and in a beautiful environment. I have a body scrub, massage, mani-pedi, facial, healthy lunch and glass of wine.
Kathy Goughenour, Expert VA Training
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
One full spa day where I completely relax away from the office and in a beautiful environment. I have a body scrub, massage, mani-pedi, facial, healthy lunch and glass of wine.
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. New pair of pajamas,
2. Nice(er) bottle of wine,
3. Steak dinner,
4. New outfit
5. Girlfriend weekend away
6. Book I've been wanting to read and the time to read it
7. Massage
8. Pedicure
9. Facial
10. Lunch with girlfriends
Kate Vanden Bos, BEing StrongHER
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
I absolutely LOVE to celebrate with a day (or two!) at a spa. Saunas, massages, good food, napping outside in the sun with a good book while sipping herbal tea, quiet, peaceful surroundings and a sense of total escape... healthy and PURE bliss for me!
Kate Vanden Bos, BEing StrongHER
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
I absolutely LOVE to celebrate with a day (or two!) at a spa. Saunas, massages, good food, napping outside in the sun with a good book while sipping herbal tea, quiet, peaceful surroundings and a sense of total escape... healthy and PURE bliss for me!
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. Booking a day (or two!) at my favourite spa with treatments
2. Pulling one of the ideas out of my Travel Jar and going on an adventure. Or just getting in the car and driving... experiencing the freedom for a few hours
3. Buying a book from the Amazon wishlist I create for celebration purposes – and then enjoying the time to read it! (Probably with a bottle of red!)
4. Blocking out some guilt-free time, turning my phone off, and disappearing on a nature hike where I can breathe and reconnect to myself and the natural world around me
5. Run a salt bath... with lots and lots of candles... and my fave bottle of red!
6. Live music! Treat myself to a concert ticket
7. Spend an afternoon wandering around cute little shops... (you know the ones you always say you 'must' stop in sometime as you drive by?!) And treat myself to a special gift
8. Buy myself a huge, beautiful bouquet of flowers!
9. Relax with a luxury pedicure
10. Book an overnight stay at a boutique hotel for a mini-break away
Suzi Dafnis, CEO, HerBusiness
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
A glass of French champagne with friends.
Suzi Dafnis, CEO, HerBusiness
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
A glass of French champagne with friends.
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. Buy a new book
2. Go for a run
3. Try a new restaurant
4. Book a facial
5. Walk on the beach
6. Buy a new handbag 😉
7. Massage
8. Hang out with friends
9. Bag of potato chips and dark chocolate (not at the same time)
10. Listen to a course or podcast the I've been wanting to
Kate Perkins, Specialist Lymphoedema Occupational Therapist with a major focus on Breast Cancer Rehab
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
To go for a surf for a couple of hours, unapologetically, not feeling guilty that I'm surfing rather than working!
Kate Perkins, Specialist Lymphoedema Occupational Therapist with a major focus on Breast Cancer Rehab
What is Your IDEAL Way to Celebrate?
To go for a surf for a couple of hours, unapologetically, not feeling guilty that I'm surfing rather than working!
10 ideas for your Celebration Box:
1. Buy a bottle of Verve, make a luxurious cheese platter, and share them with 2 of my closest girlfriends
2. Go skateboarding with my son at the skate park
3. Have a night out to dinner with my husband
4. Take myself out to lunch, enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the beach
5. Go surfing with my surfing mums group
6. Organise a camping weekend for the family, which inevitably involves surfing and a campfire.
7. Get my hair done with my favourite hairdresser, have a glass of wine, and read trashy magazines
8. Buy something new for my wardrobe
9. Go surfing
10. Go surfing