“Productivity, put simply, is the name we give our attempts to figure out the best uses of our energy, intellect, and time as we try to seize the most meaningful rewards with the least wasted effort.”
Productivity is relative. You get to decide what productive is – generating income, spending quality time with your family, training for a marathon… whatever you want it to be.
Motivation is a skill that can be learned.
“When people believe they are in control, they tend to work harder and push themselves more.”
Give people (yourself!) the opportunity to make choices – provide a sense of autonomy. Maybe remind yourself that you *choose* to do that thing that you feel like you have to do. Ultimately, there’s nothing that you have to do – there’s only “have to if I want this other thing.” Have to go to work because I want to pay the bills. Have to pay the bills because I don’t want to be homeless and destitute.
“Motivation is triggered by making choices that demonstrate to ourselves that we are in control.”
“An internal locus of control emerges when we develop a mental habit of transforming chores into meaningful choices, when we assert that we have authority over our lives.”
[More ideas from Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg can be found here]