This Friday, how motivated do you feel about finishing things off before the weekend? Could you do with a little boost? This week we’re looking at the best ways to maximise your motivation, and some surprising things about what really motivates you to succeed.
It’s common to reward yourself for completing important tasks - but could this be detrimental to your motivation? Research suggests that although rewards can help you complete simple or straightforward tasks, they may actually reduce productivity when it comes to more conceptual work that requires creative thinking. Check out this presentation by business author Dan Pink to see how encouraging a sense of purpose or mastery could be more beneficial for keeping you motivated.
Are you driven by achieving more, or by trying to avoid failure? According to this article from Psychology Today, shifting away from avoiding failure and adopting a more achievement-focused mentality often breeds a higher level of motivation - and ultimately success - for people in business. It may be a cliche, but it sounds like thinking positively really could make a difference.
Not all motivation is down to being positive, however. Sometimes it can be beneficial to start from a more negative position and see things develop. We really like the McDonald’s Theory, where recommending that you do something bad helps to motivate you to come up with better suggestions.
In this article from TED, you’ll learn how we’re not only more motivated to do a task if we know that it will help others, but how browsing for cute cat pictures on the internet can also help. Also, check out these charts from Business Insider to find out how everything from how much you trust your co-workers to the ambient temperature of your office can affect your motivation.
Do you have a great tip for staying motivated? Or do you think there’s an awesome motivation method that we’ve missed? Leave a comment or hit us up on twitter to let us know. Have a great weekend!