How to summon motivation when you feel like you don’t have any – Fast Company


I have, however, learned to apply a few simple principles to overcome resistance–and I’ve discovered that you don’t need superhuman motivation in order to succeed. At the end of each weekday, participants filled out an online diary describing one standout event associated with that project. Amabile and her colleagues call this the “Inner Work Life Effect, ” and they determined that it expands when we make progress in meaningful work, even if it’s just a small progress. To escape the procrastination spiral, we have to identify whether we’re dealing with prevention or promotion.

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