Three white horses

    Nothing reluctance. We got these tasks and projects. This fucking job. That damn motivation. These are goals I do not need. These meaningless organizational changes. These attempts of managers to motivate me. These threats, exhortations, taking "weakly", stories about success stories, "but I, when I was like you," phrases from books on motivation. This is a "team" that discusses everyone who has gone to smoke. These colleagues from other "teams" who hate, despise or ignore me, and ours, and their "team."

    Nobody and nothing knows how to motivate me. Worst of all, at the same time it is trying. Your attempts are miserable, ridiculous, disgusting. Because you yourself are the same as me. You don’t understand why you came here. This work, these goals, tasks and projects are also disgusting to you. Even more you hate the need to motivate me. You literally turn back from this duty, which is perfectly expressed in your wretched attempts, conversations and “coordination of tasks”.

    Sit, rest, and calm down. Do not motivate me. In the first paragraph I joked. I can do everything myself. Do not bother only.

    There are a lot of motivators in the world, their application and effectiveness are purely individual. I’ll talk a little about those that I use for myself.


    One of my favorite motivators, as gives a very strong effect in a short period of time. What is interesting - you can get mad at anything, it still helps.

    When I am angry, I work very well. I literally tear tasks to pieces, and any. It is especially pleasant that under the influence of anger I quickly and easily solve problems that I did not want to work in the usual state. Just because I'm evil.

    Basically, anger comes from outside - someone pissed off at work, a colleague or boss, or a client, or some situation. It happens that I bring anger to work from the outside - traffic jams, someone cut, the government, I searched for a parking lot for a long time (“yes, his mother’s foot did it, who invented an office to take off in the city center”), there is no money, the tap went drip, the TV broke down (two days ago), the cat pissed into a boot (it was this morning), I forgot my headphones at home, someone took something from my desk, etc. Everything is individual here.

    Actually, all that needs to be done is to pour out energy into the solution of tasks, and not try to extinguish anger. If you sit and do nothing, then anger, this gift of fate, will soon pass. Or, being a kind person, I will forgive the offender, and again I will start to smile, or anger, if I spend too much time in her head but do nothing, will turn into depression or apathy. Then no explosion of productivity will happen - the anger will pass for nothing.

    If possible, it is best not to try to eliminate the cause of the anger. But it’s not necessary to inflate. The more you think about anger itself, the less you do useful things. If you stupidly sit down and work, then anger quickly becomes impersonal - you, as it were, no longer remember who you are and why you are angry with. You just sit, angry, like the Hulk, and you cheat. Anger easily changes the object of the application. For example, it is thrown from traffic jams to a task. As the saying goes, whoever fell into the arm is angry with him. It is enough to choose the object yourself, and then everything will be fine.

    There are also disadvantages. You can’t get angry for a long time - depression will still roll, so you have to, sooner or later, get out of this state. I try to keep anger during the working day, but closer to its end - to stop, so as not to drag negative emotions home. Still, being evil, it is easy and even pleasant to offend someone - no matter in a personal conversation, or in correspondence. Therefore, I try to avoid communication in this state - only work on tasks. Also, an increasing amount of dullness on debugging can be attributed to the shortcomings - because of the emotional tension, you cease to notice obvious errors. Well, if you get angry for too long, apathy or depression will still roll.


    Also a great motivator, at least for me. Moreover, only the fault works with which I agree. And I agree only with the guilt that I feel. Accordingly, if someone is “to blame” me, I won’t feel this - there will be a protest inside, as a natural reaction to attempts to manipulate me.

    I prefer to manipulate myself. For example, errors in my code work well for me. I have been doing programming for a long time, twenty years already, and I have formed a certain opinion about myself (this is not self-conceit, but self-assessment). Not to say that professional honor is straightforward, but the detected jambs in my code work quite well, although not always. The man found a mistake, told me, and didn’t seem to intend to manipulate me - but inside me a feeling of guilt was already ripening. And I rush to correct.

    Moreover, I rush so that I drop all things. Not always, of course - there are things that you can’t give up. Or mistakes such that I do not consider them errors. But, basically, it offends and motivates me. Roughly speaking, I want to restore the status quo, in my own eyes - like I'm a decent programmer.

    Sometimes I induce a feeling of guilt in myself. To do this, just a little bit of profakapat. Do not write to the client, for example. Or not fulfill the obligation, especially if it is to oneself. Right now, for example, I am conducting an experiment on myself losing weight by engineering methods. If in the morning it turns out that in vain I got fat with bread in the evening, then a feeling of guilt arises before myself. It translates into motivation - but not to comply with the regime today, but to solve problems. As if trying to compensate for one another.

    And this feature - depersonalization of the object - I really like that in a sense of guilt, that in anger. Blame yourself for violating the regime, and work out the solution to problems. I read in psychology books that guilt behaves in something like this - it causes a burning desire to get rid of him, in any way. The easiest is to ask for forgiveness. But if the fault is before oneself, then, it seems, there is no such need.

    I just sit down and fuck you. It turns out a little better than with anger - fewer flaws. For example, concentration is not lost, you see errors normally, you don’t offend anyone, and in general you behave quite decently, like any guilty person.

    The lack of guilt is that it goes even faster than anger. Productivity increases very seriously, so the tasks are solved quickly, and the solved problem is the reckoning for guilt. When I gave up the “debt”, the guilty feeling passes, and again I am well done.

    Probably the main drawback of such a motivator is that it cannot be used often. With the psyche, jokes are bad, and if you constantly test your guilt about strength, then you can become a complete loser who always owes something to someone. Therefore - a couple of times a month, no more.


    The most white and fluffy, at first glance, motivator. At the same time, from the point of view of employers (if they knew my goals) - the most filthy, harmful, dishonest and vile. For one simple reason - no one ever knows the goals that I pursue at work.

    But this is a necessary measure. I would be glad not to come up with goals, if the employer could offer them - so that they lit me. But in my practice this has never happened before. All the goals that I aspired to, I came up with myself. Part was voiced by the employer, part of the voiced he even took for himself as a goal, but there was always a hidden part.

    It is not hidden because it contradicts the goals of the employer - just the opposite. We have to hide because the bosses do not like to mess with the goals of subordinates. I once wrote an article on this topic - about identifying personal goals of people, and finding a common vector so that achieving the goals of the company served the achievement of the goals of employees. But, in practice, I have not met a single employer who would be engaged in this work.

    It’s quite a difficult task to talk, and before that to talk, and before that, to gain trust, to find out a personal goal, to leave to think, to compare with the goal of a department or company, to find common ground, to expand the goal of the company so that at least it partially helps the personal goal of the employee. This is a whole project, and not carried out according to patterns, there are no requirements, scale and terms. Therefore, no one does it.

    It is much simpler to declare a goal - you have to strive for that, act that way, be good, kind, responsive, or vice versa - strict, sing songs, march in a row, thump on a corporate party, learn values ​​and mission, etc. . Yeah, I ran away.

    For its purpose, simpler and more interesting. She motivates only by the fact that she is mine. As one author, whom you do not like, said: “I work in the structure for myself,” while also achieving the goals of the structure. As a rule, it is better and faster than those who simply pretend that they work to achieve the goals of the company, but do not have their own goals.

    With my goal, I place any task in the context of this goal. Everything is simple there - each task corresponds to my goal by a certain percentage. You can, of course, introduce a complex characteristic, because it's about vectors, but it's better not to bother. There are tasks that have a negative effect on my goal. What to do with them?

    Everything is simple - solve them as quickly as possible so as not to interfere. If it is impossible to refuse to fulfill, then there is no sense in resisting. Do and forget. A new task will work for my purpose.

    In the context of the work, this is similar to stalking, in terms of Carlos Castaneda - observation of the surrounding worlds, in order to control himself and more effectively interact with reality. While my colleagues, who have not accepted the goals of the company, and who do not have their goals, are immersed in viscous work, not rejecting and not accepting it to the end, I make an informed choice - as much as I can, if I'm not angry and do not feel guilty.

    Objectively, I understand for each task whether it helps to achieve my goals or not. I consciously decide whether to do it or not. I understand that I am wasting my time or building my future. In addition, they also pay me for this.

    The goal, as a motivator, is long-term - this is its advantage. She does not come and does not leave under the influence of circumstances, because is a product of personal choice only. The goal is always with me, any day, no matter how it passes. It does not need to be induced artificially. Although, of course, when I am angry or feel guilty, the goal fades into the background.

    The long-term, constant presence of the goal in the subconscious is also a disadvantage, because, over time, it fades, begins to be forgotten, loses its influence on motivation. Especially during the hot periods at work, when you have to spend days working all day long, without any motivators (or I just don’t see them?). Consciousness is easily carried away by all kinds of nonsense, such as deadlines, and replaces personal goals with surrogate ones - those that are put at work. And when the problems are resolved, devastation sets in - you understand that you fought with the windmills, and to you personally from the project closed on time, a satisfied client, some kind of indicators of benefit that are exactly zero.

    Therefore, you need to remind yourself of the goal. He came in the morning, poured coffee, and, without turning on the computer (or it would drag it), he remembered what the hell he was. I thought about the goal. I remembered what advantages its achievement will bring. I figured how the process of achievement is going. I looked at the list of tasks, rebuilt the priorities - so that the goal was achieved more quickly, and not get stuck anywhere. Everything, the day will be successful.

    There are many like me. Often people told me in informal conversations about their goals pursued at work - they wanted to boast, it seems like they are sitting there for good reason, like everyone else. According to my observations, these people were more successful than their colleagues. Something moved them, something inside, a motor, an engine, a spark - no matter what they call it. They more easily accept the goals of the company - well, more precisely, they take them to work, they smear less snot on the walls, that some goals are different. Well, they achieve these goals faster and better. I thought so.

    How do you motivate yourself?

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