Factors For Meaningful Work
Three factors are important for meaningful work:
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If your efforts are not rewarded, your passion and energy can wear off.
You can help see more rewards by tracking your efforts daily, weekly or monthly, and seeking feedback from your team.
Being your own boss is one of the main factors of finding meaning in your work. It makes you more invested and allows real innovation.
Add complexity in your work by challenging yourself, incorporating your passions, exploring new skillsets and being the best at what you do.
This is a productivity and motivation technique used and popularised by Jerry Seinfeld.
Each day you complete your task, you put an X in your calendar. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. The temptation to skip a day will be weaker because you'll enjoy seeing that chain form, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt.
A hundred years ago, it was much easier to motivate people. You could switch people from an hourly rate to a piece-rate system, where they would be motivated to do repetitive tasks faster. But in the knowledge or creative work economy, those tasks are becoming rare.
Richard Ryan and Edward Deci pioneered the self-determination theory, which states that people are motivated when they can determine for themselves what to work on and how to do it.
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