The good folks over at Stepcase Lifehack produced a great post this morning on the Science of Motivation.
Highlights include :
- People will do for free what they will not do for cheap.
- Long-term motivation comes not from promise of reward nor fear of punishment.
- Any hobby can be rendered unpleasant by viewing it as "work".
- Any work can be rendered joyful by viewing it as "fulfilling" and finding non-reward and non-punishment reasons to look forward to it.
- Advice on finding the intrinsic reward in a task.
I found the discussion on reward/punishment particularly interesting.
In the short-term, both of those can be seen as motivating. Heck, I used a monetary reward to get myself through NaNoWriMo last year. The danger, though, lies in the fact that I can't keep monetarily rewarding myself for writing - then the act of writing becomes a means to a reward, rather than the reward itself.
I highly recommend visiting the original post. I love it when I have several "oh!" moments from a single blog post, and this one had them in spades.