“Every week I write three new articles. And every week I have to find the motivation to get to work. Worst of all, this happens to me all the time. It got to the point that I Google articles on “How to motivate yourself” and looking for records on this subject on Reddit. Of course, all this doesnt help and only eats up my time, leaving even less to work with.
The work to which I have not begun,” writes the author of the note. As noted by Cooper, there are two types of motivation. Internal and external. “The appearance stems from factors outside of yourself — such as when you force the boss to rejoice in your successes, get promoted or fit in the timeline. Internal — when you want to do something for yourself.
The finished work brings you joy or personal use”. Extrinsic motivation, says Cooper, is fairly common, but only rely on it can be inefficient — such factors are beyond the control of the employee. “Intrinsic motivation, in contrast, comes from the fact that you can control. This is a natural motivation.
Its what compels us to eat when we are hungry, sleep when we are tired and so on. To force myself to get to work, we have to increase the internal motivation.”. However, the author notes, is not so simple. “Many people misunderstand what constitutes motivation, and therefore they can not increase it. In fact, motivation is an emotion.
Lack of motivation is a negative emotion akin to stress. Quickly to cope with the negative emotion often not possible. Some experts say that stress is a cycle that must be completed. Even if we get distracted by something interesting, in the end, we still have to go back to a stressful situation and complete the cycle. Perhaps the lack of motivation is no such cycle, but it is also emotion, and it just cant simply “disable”.
Approaches that Cooper offers, in her words, help to not focus on the lack of motivation. “These methods will help you develop the internal motivation and easy to get started,” says the girl. Memories of positive experiences from the past, says Cooper, have a powerful ability to motivate. As an example, she cites a study conducted at a University. The study involved three groups, each of which was supposed to exercise.
While in one group the students had to think about something good that is associated with training, the second group worked as usual, and the participants of the third group was to revive in their memories of negative experiences. More motivated to work were the students, not only first, but also from third group. “You do not have to think about something good. Any memories of how you were doing your work early, you can boost your motivation.
Of course, this assumption is based on just one study, but costs you nothing to at least try, ” says Cooper. — Remember how you performed the task last time. Where you were, what you were doing, and most importantly, how did you feel before and after the task. Perhaps this will help you to get to work”. “Writer and entrepreneur James Clear has a lot of sports.
But when it came to baseball, he often had problems with motivation. In the season he had to play a lot of games, but he wasnt always in the mood. However, he could not let his team, so he had to find a way every time to prepare themselves for the match,” says Cooper. The clergy, continues the girl, has created for himself “a pre-match routine”. Before each match he did the same steps to tune in the desired fashion.
He took the glove and the bat, Ran on the field, doing a little stretch, once again ran across the field and committing other actions, in a strict order. The Clergy says that after completing all the procedures he felt ready to play at least until the end of his life. Now, says Cooper, the Clergy plays baseball not so much anymore, but he developed these exercises for all areas of its activities, for athletics, for writing and so on. “No matter how motivated he is, he just beginning to perform routine actions, knowing that by the end of the exercise he will be ready to get to work”. Cooper cites several recommendations for the preparation of this “pre-match routine”:
“If you ever worked remotely, you know that the work simultaneously brings a sense of calmness and loneliness. To be part of the team — its wonderful. It brings strong emotions so that your performance can rise even from the idea that you have companions,” explains Cooper. The author of the note cites as an example one study about motivating.
Participants were divided into two groups and gave them the puzzle. Members of the first group of scientists said that they will be working with teammates, and even introduced them to each other. Members of the second group had to work alone. The first group actually also worked alone, but the researchers gave them the note, allegedly written by the comrades (actually these notes were written by us scholars).
Members of this group eventually showed itself capable of operating on 50% longer. In addition, they noted that the work was fun and interesting. Avoidance of losses is a concept from the field of neuroeconomics. It describes the fact that a person is experiencing more emotions from losses than from the acquisition — even if they are completely equivalent. “If you find $20, I will be happy.
However, if you lose $20, then upset — and much stronger,” explains Cooper. “The good news is that we can turn this in their favor. One Professor conducted an experiment on his students. The first group of students, he proposed to solve additional tasks, for each of which they could earn extra points. The student earned 5 points, could not pass the exam.
The second time he changed the problem. If the first time the exam was mandatory for all who dont earn 5 points, the second time to earn 5 points was not necessary. However, those who do not bother with additional tasks, lost the right to take the final exam.”. “The difference is that we hate to lose something we think belongs to us. In first grade, 43% of students in total earned 5 points and got the right not to take the exam.
In the second class of students was 82%,” says Cooper. The girl recommends to try to risk something important. “Promise yourself that you will refuse something if I cant do the job. You will be surprised how you will grow your inner motivation.”.