3 Rituals That Will Make You More Motivated
When we feel connected to what we’re doing, when we make something our own, we’re much more motivated.
To turn some task you’re handed at the office into something you feel ownership of, make small tweaks that customize what you have to do, that allow you to do it your way.
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The things that give us deep happiness are inherently things that take longer and have a big element of meaning in them.
And if the task you have to do doesn’t seem meaningful, try reframing your experience. You might not be able to change what you have to do but you can change how you see it.
What looks dreadful on a to-do list usually isn’t that bad when you’re in the middle of it. Focus on the good feelings in the moment.
Often, when you look at a task, you take the outside view: you forget the emotional component. And so something you may actually enjoy seems like a chore.
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Making sure you hold yourself accountable in order to keep up the motivation and, therefore, accomplish your goals, is easier than it sounds.
All you have to do is to commit and express your commitment also in front of others. This will lead to you wanting to be consistent and, therefore, it will make it harder to give up.
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