You may have been there before: you know the task you need to do, you’ve thought about all the positive things that will come out of doing it, and you’ve even given yourself time to do it. But then nothing happens. You just can’t do it.
And why? Because you’re waiting for that click, that little spark of motivation to fly out of the stratosphere and whir you into motion. According to Smith, if this sounds like you then you have a long wait ahead of you – because motivation as we know it is entirely a myth. And here are his reasons:
Productivity comes before motivation
Consider this for a moment: when do you feel more motivated, before you start a big project, or once you’ve spent some time organising what you have to do? Often when we think about all...