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.
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Daniel Pink, author of Drive, highlights the three main factors that drive everyone:
- Autonomy: the control you have over your work. The more you can control what to do and when to do it, the more motivated you are.
- Mastery: the sense of progress you get. The more you think you are getting better at what you do, the more motivated you are.
- Purpose: the meaning you get from your work. The more what you do matters to you, the more motivated you are.
Your autonomy makes work flow easier because you have what you do down to a science. Your mastery pushes you forward because you feel like you’re getting better, and we like to do what were good at. Your purpose makes you feel like what you’re doing is important, and that it’s important that you do it. Focus on understanding what these three factors mean for you and your motivation will stay healthy.