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MikaelTalk. 3 motivation tips to increase your performance.

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3 simple tips that will help you to become more productive at work or home.

About the author: Mikael has been researching and studying work motivation and how motivated employees make companies to perform better, for several years. Currently he is a CEO of a branding agency and is writing a book about motivation.

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MikaelTalk. 3 motivation tips to increase your performance.

  1. 1. First things first
  2. 2. what IS performance?
  3. 3. What is work motivation
  4. 4. Background of work motivation Yep, I am 100% sure you have heard the term ”motivation”, but did you know this… Even though motivation as a term is familiar to most of us, it’s important to recognize the two main types of motivation that explains why we like to do some things and some things we do only because we have to. – Intrinsic motivation • Intrinsic motivation is basically the satisfaction you get from your doings (e.g. the job you like, skating, surfing, drawing…). It’s the most rewarding type of motivation and makes you happy and satisfied. – Extrinsic motivation • Extrinsic motivation is motivation that is created by a third person or an entity. It can be e.g. your monthly pay checks or bonuses you get when you have done outstandingly your job. This motivation type is giving you motivational peaks but on the contrary, the good feeling doesn’t last long. Whether you are getting out of your bed or going to work you always need to have motivation At work we usually have mostly extrinsic motivation to keep us going, but if you can find something profoundly interesting from your work, it helps you to develop your intrinsic motivation and eventually makes you perform better. Performing better and being more productive means success.
  5. 5. okay, that’s it…Let’s get down to business!
  6. 6. daily habits are the key
  7. 7. 1. Make scheduled to-do lists I know, most of us don’t like creating lists In fact, To-Do lists as such are pretty useless because we all are lazy in nature and therefore, we tend to postpone things we actually should be doing. For this very reason … During your morning coffee: Schedule your doings and organize more important activities to be your top priority. Scheduling influences us in psychological level and makes us automatically more punctual. Punctual people achieve goals easier and by achieving goals people become happier.* Not a fan of physical calendar? There are many awesome apps for smartphones to keep your plans straight and scheduled. I use Any.do’s Cal, for instance. *If you want to know more: When getting things done, you feel yourself more diligent and that my friend, that brings punctuality and happiness. Why? It’s been studied (Vroom) that achieving goals makes people happier. And here quantity wins quality. Achieving frequently (daily) small goals increases your overall happiness dramatically.
  8. 8. 2. REWARD YOURSELF Reward yourself when you get your daily goals done Well, this should be loud and clear but still too many people forget to reward themselves. It doesn’t have to be anything big, just something you enjoy doing (like watching your favorite TV show or having a glass of wine). Think it as ”I deserve this because I did the things I promised to do” Like a good boss rewards his/her hard-working employees for the job well-done, you should reward yourself when you have achieved your daily goals. It helps you to carry on and to continue to perform well. Treat yourself well and you will become happier. It really applies in all parts of life. Treat employees bad and they will leave but by treating them well they tend to perform better and achieve greater things. Nobody likes to be treated bad. Period.
  9. 9. 3. Write things down Just before going to sleep, write three things you liked the best It’s amazing how well this practice works. When you go to sleep, have a notebook next to you and write down the three best things that happened to you today. It can be just a list of three things that you liked the most (like ”my lunch was fantastic” or ”I had a great chat with my colleague”).* Write also one thing you are dreaming or waiting to happen Write down simple things that you know are most likely to happen soon. These can be like ”eagerly waiting to get a raise” or ”buying quality coffee tomorrow”. Don’t like writing journals? Yeah, many people suck writing journals. Frankly, I am one those anti-journal guys, too. But the thing is that this is nothing like ”dear diary” kind of stuff. You just quickly write down a few lines you liked the most and that’s it! Besides, after some years it’s pretty fun to read them again and remember all those good things that happended to you. *If you want to know more: Writing down happy things just before sleep tunes you to happy mood. When you wake up next morning, you feel surprisingly happy. Writing things about future help you to look into the future and remember that good things are coming.
  10. 10. conclusion
  11. 11. In order To become more productive Understand what is needed to perform better Without happiness, punctuality and integrity you can’t get the best out of you. To get there you need to understand how motivation works and how important it is to keep yourself happy. Make the following habits to be a part of your everyday life Habits may seem boring but the fact is that life without habits is life without direction. The following habits are helping you to improve yourself and keep you active and happy every day. 1. Schedule your day To-Do lists are usually ineffective, but when you schedule your to-do’s, they start to improve your punctuality. 2. Reward yourself Without rewards life looses it’s colors. If you have reached your daily goals, reward yourself without any feelings of remorse. 3. Write happy things down Writing down happy things just before sleep tunes you to happy mood. When you wake up next morning, you feel surprisingly happy.
  12. 12. That’s about itIf you liked these thoughts, why not to follow me on Twitter. There we can talk more about things that keep us motivated. www.twitter.com/MikaelTalk mikaeltalk@gmail.com About the author: Mikael has been researching and studying work motivation and how motivated employees make companies to perform better, for several years. Mikael has also been part of various startup projects where he’s been sharing thoughts about how to build an effective company. Currently he is a CEO of a branding agency and is writing a book about motivation.

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