How to "get in gear"

motivation Mar 29, 2019

It's super simple and easy to "get in gear" and start working on whatever you need to do.

In short: "Start with the main thing."

But there's a lot of confusion around this phrase, specifically with the words "start with". It means don't do anything else at all before the main thing. Don't even take another breath (if possible) before starting the main thing. Don't eat. Don't use the bathroom. Don't say another word. Do the main thing right now. Got it?

Then, after you are doing the main thing for awhile, you can do a little something else. But because you started with the main thing, everything else you do is just taking a break! Just get back to the main thing soon.

On the other hand, if you started with something else instead, that's called procrastination. And that will never get you anywhere. Sometimes quite literally, you'll be right where you are; only valuable time will have passed.

By way of example, there's an easy and smooth maneuver in flying airplanes...

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Employee motivation and pay

motivation Mar 27, 2019

Let's get right to it. People are never really satisfied with their rate of pay. Oh, they'll be happy with a pay raise for a couple months. And they'll be happy with the higher salary at a new job, for a while. But pay rates don't satisfy. People can only be dissatisfied with their rate of pay. Alternatively, they can be ambivalent about it; they can have no feelings about it. That's the best you can hope for, with money.

And that's also a prerequisite for any kind of satisfaction, even if you follow the below guidance. The dissatisfaction around money has to be addressed before any kind of work satisfaction can take place.

Then, if you want people to be satisfied, you have to look elsewhere than pay. The nature of the job itself is the only thing that can satisfy. It's the things like the type of work, the people they interact with, and the purpose of the work. Those are the elements to concentrate on when seeking to satisfy the people...

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