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The Progress Principle: A simple trick for when you're feeling unmotivated

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The Progress Principle: A simple trick for when you're feeling unmotivated
Almost everyone struggles with feeling unmotivated from time to time. Yet while those feelings are normal, they can become a serious distraction.

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The Progress Principle: Tiny steps build motivation

The Progress Principle: Tiny steps build motivation

If you wait for the ideal conditions before you start, you'll probably never do it.

A lack of motivation is an emotional issue. That means there is no hack to save you. The best way to get motivated is just to start. Small steps on meaningful tasks will build motivation.

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Look for ways your work impacts the people around you

Procrastination is worst when we don't see the point of our jobs. The connection to a larger purpose helps us find meaning and motivation at work.

If your job doesn't make a huge impact, think about how it has helped the people you spend your day with. Each day, write down three ways your work has helped your coworkers.

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Giving advice to someone else can be motivating

We don't lack motivation because we don't know how to be motivated, but because we don't know how to act on our own knowledge.

When we feel unmotivated, it's common to seek advice. But research shows that giving advice can be more motivating than receiving advice.

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Knowing how to ride the “motivation wave”

We may not feel motivated all the time but we should take advantage when we are motivated.

The key isn't to use this wave to get something done today, but to use that rush of motivation to set up systems that will force you to build better habits and stay motivated when you don't feel like it. On a smaller scale, use your most productive hours to make progress on something you've been putting off.

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Feeling unmotivated can be an organizational issue

Stressful workplaces are often poorly designed, socially toxic, exploitative and can kill motivation.

If you're unsure whether your workplace is to blame, ask yourself:

  • Do you feel challenged?
  • Do you feel a sense of curiosity?
  • Are you mostly in control of how you spend your day?
  • Do you have opportunities to collaborate or compete?
  • Do you feel you're getting enough recognition?

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Hobbies and motivation

The lack of motivation might also come from an unbalanced work-life.

Give yourself space. Take on a hobby, engage in deliberate rest or a meaningful break to help you disconnect from work and increase your happiness.

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Time management is about taking control of the time you do have available and using it optimally for productivity while creating balance.

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Much advice about time management is about creating a to-do list, reminding you what you want to do. However, it's more important to use a schedule, which tells you when you're going to do it.

  • Create "bookends" for each day. Consider your morning and evening routines, then "block" in time for your most important tasks. For example, a 2-hour writing-block every morning after breakfast.
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  • Schedule in breaks. A schedule has to be realistic. That means including time for breaks, food, exercise, social time, and other "non-school" tasks that keep you happy.

Be aware of how you’re spending your time

To build a better time management system, you need to know what you currently spend your time on. You need to know where you're losing time to the wrong things.

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Some theories of motivation claim we're naturally biased. It may happen because we can't consider all the angles. At other times, as the world advance, the usual criteria no longer apply.

There may be only a few exceptional people like Elon Musk because we can't grasp the idea that one person can create wealth or drive progress. We don't notice opportunities and more easily dismiss them.

Motivation: listen or nudge

If you think motivation is mostly rational, pay attention to what motivates you. You might not feel motivated because your current opportunities aren't that good.

If you think motivation is biased and nudging is necessary, create rules, systems, and habits to move you ahead. If you can't motivate yourself for months or years, your project may be at fault.