The kitschy door wreaths currently dotting the United States are asking a vital question: Trick or Treat?
And reader, I am firmly in the latter camp.
Not just on Halloween—though I’m happy to take a king-size Twix over, say, someone TP’ing my house.
But year-round, the power of little treats (defined for the purpose of this post as “a small source of joy, delight, or amusement”) simply cannot be underestimated, for the following reasons:
They help with creativity
Let’s start with the ultimate day-maker: caffeine!
As this Inc. article mentions, that miracle molecule “helps you block out your ‘monkey brain,’ which is constantly jabbering every which way and instead listen to your ‘ox brain’ which thinks about one thing at a time.” Of course, this careful examination can lead to bananas creativity.
Whether you chug iced coffee like it’s water or prefer to pound a lunchtime Diet Coke (guilty), caffeine is the gift that keeps giving. And if you’re paralyzed at the idea of picking your favorite roast, We Have Thoughts.
They help with productivity
Do you know the Pomodoro Technique? You set a timer for 25 minutes and focus on a single task for that entire time. When time’s up you get a five-minute break. After four 25-minute work sessions, you get a longer 15- to 30-minute break.
I know, it reads like a word problem. But it’s legitimately helpful to turn scary projects into size-able chunks. As for how to spend your well-earned time off? Sneak in a quick flow with the internet’s favorite yogi, or smash a Clif Bar. It’s your life!
They boost morale
The best part of the pro-treat lifestyle is there’s always something to look forward to. Even if I have to wait a whole week for another Lemon Infused Thursday, you know that citrus water is enough to keep me going. (Sad, huh?)
All things told, consider this your perennial permission to indulge in the little delights that make life worth living and also improve your work.
Repeat after me: Treat. Yo’. Self.
Have a wildly rewarding weekend, everybody!
—Your pro-pampering friends at Brokaw