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Motivation management

The biggest problem we face with completing our projects isn’t productivity or time management, but motivation management

When you’re sufficiently motivated to accomplish something, you’ll move heaven and...

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Across language learning, company building, and any kind of creative project, there is a dip. The Dip is the long stretch between beginner’s luck and real accomplishment.
Extraordinary benefits accrue to the tiny minority of people who are able to push just ...

Motivation is “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way,” or rephrased, “the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.”

  • Maintain your sense of Expectancy in the project using small wins and accomplishments.
  • Reward yourself.
  • Maintain a sense of value by finding a way to remind yourself of the bigger picture of the small, everyday bouts of effort.
  • Build positive habits.
  • Find flow...

In any goal that has to be accomplished, there is a Start. It usually gets overlooked, as it's always there. 
The Start is a much bigger problem since you can’t reach The Dip if you don’t get through The Start, and many more people fantasize about doing something t...

Many people use a commitment device or game their surroundings to get and stay motivated.

You can physically help your goal by things like throwing away your junk food, only showering at the gym so that you go there, and similar activities aimed at focussing on your goal. People al...

  • Increase your reason to start a project, by increasing the value of starting it.
  • Increase your expectancy of succeeding at that project.
  • Decrease your reasons to delay, by increasing urgency, using a deadline.

Set small, incremental goals that are sufficiently exciting to be motivating and for which you have a reasonable expectation of completing.

It states that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

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Don‘t set SCHEDULE build RITUAL ...

How do some of the most prolific artists in the world motivate themselves? They don't merely set SCHEDULE, they build RITUALS.

It’s a simple act, but doing it the same way each morning habitualizes it and makes it repeatable . It reduces the chance of skipping it or...

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The essence of motivation

Every choice has a price, but when we are motivated, it is easier to bear the inconvenience of action than the pain of remaining the same.

In other words, at some point,  it becomes more painful to not do the work than to actually do it.

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Force yourself to do things

Our mind has muscles. It memorizes patterns. By doing this over and over, you're building your willpower and self-discipline. 

Forcing yourself to do things that you don't feel like doing (but you know you should be doing) is a habit you can learn.

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