Get a few index cards. On one card, write your response to this question:What gets you up in the morning? On the other side of that card, write “What keeps you up at night?”
Keep each answer to one sentence. Stop when each gives you a sense of “meaning and direction.” Now you have something to use as your personal compass. Check in to see if they remain true. If not, ask yourself what you’re going to do about it.
Pink, D. H. (2009). Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. New York, NY: Riverhead Books.
Tip #1 of 9 for Awakening Your Motivation: Give Yourself a Flow Test
In flow, people live “so deeply in the moment, and feel so utterly in control, that their sense of time, place, and even self melt away.”
If you haven’t identified what kind of activities engage you in this way, Pink suggests you set a timer for several random times throughout the day. When it goes off, record what you’re doing and how you’re feeling. You’ll soon find your “flow.”
This exercise can help you determine your optimal time of work and the “true source of your intrinsic motivation”!