How to Find Motivation When You Really Need It

Luke Doyle
Luke Doyle



It's easy to feel unmotivated from time to time. Especially if it's a Tuesday afternoon, your morning coffee never kicked in, and you have an email sitting in your inbox that you've been avoiding all day.


Feeling demotivated happens -- but it's important that you don't let it derail your entire day and make you unproductive, too.

Scientists have pored over what motivates us, and they’ve identified two different types. Intrinsic motivations drive us to achieve personal goals like eating healthier, while extrinsic motivations are externally imposed, such as expectations from others and project deadlines.

But it turns out that we all react to these expectations differently. Author Gretchen Rubin has discovered four personality types -- upholders, questioners, obligers, and rebels -- who respond to expectations in different ways.

Follow the flow chart below to discover which group you belong to and what makes you tick. Then, keep reading to find out how you can find the motivation you need when you find yourself in a bit of a rut.


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