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Content on max-ing motivation and productivity is everywhere. You probably have a mental list of all the platitudes or hacks. Motivational quotes trick us into feeling like we’ve accomplished something.
Then why do we have days when we check off items from To-Do's and days when we just can’t get ourselves out of bed on time?
And when we do get motivated, why is it so hard to keep it up?
Author Robert McKain quoted “Action precedes motivation.”, but we always read that motivation is what makes us act. So what is it? So should I wait for that drive to get stuff done, or not?
There exists an elaborate process of brain activity that pushes you to pursue goals YOU REALLY WANT TO ACHIEVE and the performance tasks that are demanded from you irrespective of interest.
Having resolutions and not following through is not because you didn't have the time. It's the Neurochemistry of your Motivation & Reward Systems.
Dopamine (DA) is synonymously used with happiness and reward. It helps feel pleasure and relays 'motivational salience'.
Motivational Salience means DA
This means, that both external environment and mood play a role in your drive to act.
DA is released when we work towards something we think is rewarding - a video game or desire for something tasty.
DA is released while predicting and craving rewards, not so much while experiencing it. The process :
Parts of the striatum read motivational variables & push you to act on them. This can sometimes go awry - depending on the path and timing of this DA release, you may feel motivated to carry on a task like reading a book or you just don’t feel like it.
“I only write when inspiration strikes, Fortunately, it strikes at nine every morning.”
Reward/Incentive - achievability of a task and the perceived pleasure/reward from it decides your motivation levels. But the aim is to conquer your goals without waiting for that drive. So what else?
Ways you can consciously increase and sustain your motivation :
Neuropsychology and Employees |Understanding passions and habits
Something we need to know the science of before we blame ourselves for unproductivity.
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