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How to increase motivation

How to increase motivation

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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Relatedness covers our desire to connect and interact with other people. People are more motivated to take action when they're seen as pro-social.

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Competence as a motivational driver

Competence refers to our desire for control and mastery. Competence is about our natural desire to feel like we are learning and making progress towards a set of objectives.

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Autonomy is how much someone feels in control of their own choices - they have a say in what they work on and how they work on it. They don't feel micromanaged but empowered to pursue objectives and deadlines on their terms.

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