Figuring out what you need to do, planning your time, setting a target…
These are the typical ingredients of any time management system. But you know it doesn’t always work.
And sometimes it can have the opposite effect on your motivation when you miss a target.
Targets themselves don’t seem to be an intrinsic motivator. They can be useful to sharpen your focus, but only if you’re already mentally there.
Maybe targets are a distraction. Maybe the answer is to fully engage yourself mentally with the work, for its own sake.
This train of thought was inspired by this short video. It’s only about 3 minutes long, but very interesting!
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