What is the strongest signal that makes sure you are working on something deeply motivational?

Ben Cotte
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I almost ran to get to my working seat this morning and start working already. It was a long time I haven't felt this way. Usually, when I walked to my coworking space, I was taking my time, wandering a bit, buying a coffee on the way in, etc... What is the strongest signal you have observed when you are in this motivational zone?


Luca Di Matteo
What I've noticed is that I am much more motivated when I have to achieve a task that: 1- Is well specified, with clear start and finish 2- I have already started If I wake up with a clear task to finish in mind, I'll be working on it in no time, and that time will be 100% productive. What I'm not good at however is being productive working on new tasks with uncertainties. So I'm kind of stuck in an endless circle: Phase 1- I have the desire to work on something new. Phase 2- It's painful to come up with a well structured approach to tackling it, but I manage to do it. I start working on it and I realise I had misconceptions about it, so I have to think it through again. During all this process, I usually struggle to stay truly productive even for a couple hours in a day. Phase 3- I have started working on it and feel like I have it figured out, I can now work days without blinking even once. Phase 4- Go back to 1. My motivational zone is phase 3, but I can't really force it, phase 2 is at least as important ! So to stay motivated in phase 2, I think about phase 3!
Ben Cotte
@norrude Nice! Thanks for sharing it out! Any concrete signals in your daily habits you have observed?
Rosie Sherry
When I stay up too late working on stuff. I just don't want to put it down. πŸ˜…
Ben Cotte
@rosiesherry Haha - that's a strong signal!
Joshua Dance
A strong signal is when I know I am solving a problem.
Ben Cotte
@joshdance does it translate into a specific behavior?
Vanshika Chaturvedi
This may seem a little cliche, but if I am working on something that has set ablaze my motivation, I feel the need to spread the fire. Basically, I want to talk about what I'm working on, I want the world to know that THIS is what I'm doing and I want to tell my peers that they can do it too! I feel this is the effect of social media on the mind where sharing your achievements with the world validates them in a way.
Ben Cotte
@vanshika_chaturvedi Haha, that's not clichΓ©, it is great! Some would rather keep it for themselves and dive into building mode.
Yes, when I stay up late or wake up early in the morning to keep working on it. And I feel completely absorbed. ❀️‍πŸ”₯
Ben Cotte
@w_j I bet there could be a story behind this. For me a related strong signal is that I wake up before my daughter ^^