Author:Meis, Cecilia
Position:HOW TO

Motivation is a tricky thing. Whether you're an entrepreneur, a student, a stay-at-home parent, or a worker bee in a large corporation, you know that motivation comes in a schedule of fleeting, unplanned waves. At some point, caffeine simply doesn't cut it.

When it comes to motivation, we generally understand that it either flows from within us or from an external source, such as a boss-intrinsic and extrinsic. But, it's important to think deeper than just these two overarching categories. After all, simply realizing that checking your email as an entrepreneur needs to come from within doesn't actually make you want to check your email any more.

The subcategories of motivation vary, depending on the author, study and genre of study. But generally, you can create a personalized list of subcategories for your own life. For example, if you work in a traditional business setting, you'll have a supervisor, peers, a human resources department, etc. Each of these groups will require certain things from you each day, week, month and calendar year. Your supervisor expects you to complete the tasks listed within your job description, and your peers might add in a few things that aren't on your regular schedule. These types of extrinsic motivation might be listed as fear-based: If I don't perform my regular duties, I could lose my job, or incentive-based: If I perform well on these tasks, my supervisor and peers will recognize me as an exemplary employee.

Intrinsic motivation is sometimes a little more difficult to define, at first. For example, humans are naturally drawn toward mastery. We want to accomplish goals, learn new t h ings and generally never stop growing. But knowing that information doesn't make you stick to that personal budgeting class that isn't as exciting as it was on week one. Here, we need to dig a little deeper. Maybe the process of learning is a natural source of energy for you. Or maybe you crave increased control over your life, and managing your finances is the first step to getting there.

Simply identifying the type of motivation present during a certain task can help keep you on schedule. Continue reading these tips and case studies to better understand your lack of motivation to complete certain tasks, as well as a few ideas for coaxing a little gumption during the need-more-coffee days.


    Let's be very clear: Getting motivated about a task doesn't mean you have to be happy or excited about it...

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