Humans are motivated by two main factors: Intrinsic – feelings from inside Extrinsic – external influences
If you are working due to external motivators like money and fame, then that’s extrinsic reasons.
On the other hand, intrinsic means doing something because you love what you do.
When you do something because you intrinsically love to do it, the less you need external motivators to push you.
As a loan officer, ask yourself this question, “Why am I in this field of business?”
Is it money?
Money in itself is not enough of a motivator.
The book “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman, explains it very well.
External motivators, such as making money, can work only up to a certain point. Like, once a person earns $75k (in his example) and is comfortable enough, you might not be motivated to work hard to earn even more money.
External motivators diminish over time.
However, if the reason you are at your job is intrinsic — you love what you do, you enjoy helping people, you thrive when talking to people — then the work in itself will be your reward!
That is the secret to staying motivated. When the action (of helping clients) is the reward in and of itself!
> Google Tasks to capture tasks. > Google Calendar to schedule time. > Google Reminders to remember things (even years down the line). > Google Keep to keep all my notes and ideas in one place.
As humans, we are forgetful creatures. Why try to remember when there are so many great tools that can do it for you?
But, as humans, we also need to have the drive and energy to execute the tasks.
In order to focus on a project that needs 5-10 solid hours, I: -Block out time in my calendar (dedicated only to that task). -Get a good night’s sleep the night before. -Turn off my phone. -Close all apps. -Turn on Flow music. -Get into FLOW. -Get it done!
‘Getting it done’ might work better when there’s a change of scenery. Instead of working in my office, I leave and knock it out in my home office / Starbucks / hotel room / friend’s office.
With the combination of technology (apps) and human resources (I hired a productivity coach), I try to stay on-the-ball and on-top of my daily tasks.
What tools do YOU use to help you stay productive?