I have been attending some workshops at my university before the real classes begin. One class was talking about memory and focusing. The presenter suggested that when you discipline yourself and fulfill that goal you should reward yourself, such as eat a piece of chocolate, go see a movie with your friends, or hang out with them for 10 minutes, stuff like that.
an example of this would be like you set the goal of studying for 30 minutes, if you do that with out wondering off from that goal you reward yourself to condition yourself that every time you do well, you will be rewarded.
My question is this...we talked about what to do to reward yourself, but what should be done if you fail to meet that goal of studying for 30 minutes? What should be done to punish yourself? It only makes sense that if you are rewarded for good behavior that there must be another end of the spectrum.
Example: You set a goal to study for 30 minutes, but you study for 10 and draw shapes in your notebook for another 45 minutes.
Something has to be done to condition you to never do that again. So, what should be used/done as punishment?
I have put a bit of thought into it, only a little, but still some. I have hypothesized that you would need very strict punishments guidelines for failing to meet a goal, such as burning your arms, belting yourself, beating yourself, etc for failing to meet a goal.
An example of this working was in the Belgian Congo in the early 20th century. If a slave failed to meet the rubber quota for the week or month(depending on the region) an overseer would cut off their hand. This was a VERY extreme method of punishment, but it at least struck the fear into the amputee and the others who saw to meet rubber quotas or face the consequences.
So my point is this... the method to punishment yourself for failing to study, etc should be very severe and painful to condition yourself to never fail to meet that goal again.
I want to hear your input as well, what other methods could be used to punish yourself for failing to meet an academic gaol?