The Three Most Important Factors For Maintaining Work Motivation

Work shouldn’t always feel like a burden, but keeping your motivation can be a constant struggle. Here are three factors that can help you understand and upkeep your motivation.

Set 'Now' Deadlines To Stop Procrastination For Long-Term Projects

Our brain can fool us into not being as productive as we should. To counter that, you should trick your brain. So, when you have a long-term project, set a deadline for any task that has to be done in the “now”.

Schedule A Date Night With Your Finances To Make Saving More Enjoyable

I’ll be honest. Even I scoffed at this one at first. Planning your budget, paying bills and allocating your income for investments are super-boring words. Sitting at a desk with a spreadsheet open is also dreary. Make it a little less tiresome by changing the ambiance.

Use Visual Triggers To Develop Better Money Habits

Visual cues remind you about your goals. But there’s another reason they’re effective: they can help you gradually develop better habits. At Budgets are Sexy, blogger J. Money explains that adding a trigger to your natural environment can force you to change your behaviour.

Never Let Your First Attempt At A Project Be Your Last

Starting a project is easy. Finishing it is hard. Hard enough that, when we’re done, we can feel happy with the results and move on. To truly improve, however, iteration is often more important than completion.

How 'Accidental Reinforcement' Can Wreck Your Money Goals

When we succeed at something, we like to look for a pattern. And that’s great — we can then share and repeat that pattern for more success. But let’s say your success is accidental or based on luck. Then, maybe you mistakenly look for a pattern that doesn’t exist. Credit.com calls this “Accidental Reinforcement”, and says that it can hold you back.

Steve Jobs's Best Productivity Tricks

Regardless of how you feel about Apple, Steve Jobs was an incredibly prolific CEO who was more than just the face of the company. Before his death in 2011, he managed to provide a unique workplace lauded for its productivity. Let’s take a look at just a few of the ways he did it.

Write A Script To Explain Your Goals So You Stick To Good Habits

When you are trying to adopt a good habit, you will face moments of temptation and weakness. To stick it out, write a little script to tell yourself or anyone else why you are doing it.

Include A 'Fun Fund' In Your Budget To Help You Stick To Your Financial Goals

We’ve mentioned that one of the reasons personal budgets fail is because people don’t remember to give themselves some spending money for entertainment or leisure purchases. Instead of trying to guess how much you’ll spend every week or month on fun, set up a “fun fund” you can add to or drain depending on your mood.

Avoid 'Moral Licensing' To Keep Your Goals On Track

Reaching a goal usually takes a change of behaviour. It can feel like you’re sacrificing a lot to achieve your objective and it’s tempting to tell yourself you deserve a break from working toward it. But this mindset can ruin your goals in the long-term.