Friday, 27 May 2016

Motivating yourself to get things done

I'm one of those people who find it so easy to get swept up in all these awesome ideas and visions, but who, when it gets down to the nitty gritty of things, has a complete lack of motivation. This usually results in me giving up, but there are some situations where giving up is simply not an option... and I don't really want to be one of those people who give up all the time. 

I've tried and tested a number of methods of increasing my motivation, some which have worked, and some which haven't. But when I was planning this post, thinking about the different things that really boost my motivation, my mind drifted to my studies of business management...

Let me explain. 

In business, there are a number of motivators that managers have to take into account in order to get staff to produce their best work. Within the spectrum of different motivators, there are two basic classes; financial, and non-financial. For the purpose of this post, I want you to think of the two different classes as this; material, and non-material. Material motivators are all to do with the rewards you get for working, i.e. what you get, whereas non-material motivators are all about the work itself.

Motivator 1. - Piece rate

Piece rate is a material (traditionally financial) motivator. It's all about linking rewards (or pay) with the amount of work you do. This should encourage you to work harder and therefore have a maximised output.

A student might use this method of motivation by saying that for every half hour of studying they get done, they get a 10 minute break, or for every chapter of a book they read, they earn a packet of sweets. This should work to motivate them to do more studying and more reading, because there's a reward at the end of it.

Motivator 2. - Bonus schemes

A bonus is another form of material motivation. Much like piece rate, bonuses are all about rewarding you for the work you do. However, bonus schemes are normally one-off rewards for exceptional results. The key to a successful bonus is that it is special, and a one off.

A blogger might use this method of motivation by giving themselves the target of doubling their views in 3 months, and then setting themselves a reward of buying themselves an expensive perfume, or booking a spa date with a friend. This bonus should only be accessed if the target is met, and the reward should be something you wouldn't usually have.

Motivator 3. - Group Working

This one is clearly a non-material motivator. It's a pretty self-explanatory method of motivation, so I won't go into too much detail, but I will say this; group working is one of the most effective methods of motivation. For example, if you operate in a team, you are less likely to slack off, because you won't want to let your team members down.

Back to our example of a student, they might decide to make a group project as a part of their studying. By doing this, the student will benefit from shared knowledge, as well as being pushed to really work hard.

Motivator 4. - Job Rotation

Job rotation is all about having flexibility, and being able to complete a number of tasks. It involves switching up the tasks that people to on a regular basis- this could be on a daily, weekly, or monthly cycle. This should keep work fresh and interesting, so that you're not stuck doing one monotonous task over, and over, and over again.

A blogger might use this method of motivation by rotating the tasks they do on a daily basis. So on one day they might take photos, and then the next they might write posts for their blog, and the next they might take time to update their social media accounts.

I really hope you find this post helpful in some way, and that you will be able to use the four motivators I've written about in your day to day life.

How do you motivate yourself?

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