View effort as a fulfilling process



View effort as a fulfilling process

Ambasa cherished his work as an NGO project manager. She started her career as a personnel accountant in a construction company, but often felt unfulfilled in her job. As well, Ambasa changed jobs and sectors for community development.

She worked for many years as a project officer before her appointment as director. But along with the joys of working on the ground, in an NGO as a manager, it also came with the task of supporting proposal writing and planning for new funding.

Unfortunately, Ambasa viewed proposal development as arduous, miserable, and full of opportunity for error and exposure to incorrect grammar or unimaginative ideas.

She viewed her negative feelings about the task as a necessity to ensure future continuity of funding and therefore future job security.

This view of the proposals caused Ambasa to delay completed drafts and suffer many unsupported self-pushes to force herself to be motivated to undertake the effort.

Continuing in a longstanding theme in business talk to improve work motivation and eliminate procrastination, this week we look at the concept of effort and how to maintain it.

Growing up at home and in school, many of us learn that to be successful in life, we must work hard, work smart, and foster relationships.

The downside is that most people consider hard work to be something negative that needs to be done to get something positive, like desired performance, in the future.

The concept of delayed gratification is ripe in classrooms, dinner parties, and even team meetings in the workplace. As working adults, we then tend to view the amount of effort required for jobs, tasks, assignments, and projects as something unpleasant and a necessity.

We then try to push and motivate ourselves to do something unexciting, boring, or too difficult. Our brains, which have evolved over millennia to focus on short-term survival goals rather than long-term existential or strategic tasks, then struggle to sustain motivation on unwanted tasks over time.

This is why attending a motivational speech rarely results in any real long-term change in our lives due to decreased levels of effort.

Many experts advocate viewing our level of effort in the task as a way to receive a particular subsequent reward. A short-term view of the standard concept includes effort now gives performance, or bonuses, or finishing work in order to allow for holidays or vacations later, for example.

But a long-term view might mean studying hard now in hopes of a good job in the future.

Despite the perception of the rewarding nature of the effort, people still find it hard to stop chatting on Facebook, posting on Instagram, watching YouTube or poking fun at TikTok and putting in the effort here and now to make work. Short-term distractions give our brain more pleasure than the effort of the task.

However, new research by Fabrice Cavarretta has found a unique way to frame the effort in our minds.

She advocates viewing effort as part of a feedback loop in our brain that can catapult us to better regulate our levels of effort: effort followed by performance followed by pleasure followed by motivation then followed by effort again and the loop repeats.

We make more successful and sustained efforts when we enjoy our work, have more autonomy over our method and style of work, appreciate our colleagues, and trust our bosses.

So when these workplace realities are in place, we tend to be striving because of the basis of our employment-work relationships and tend to like striving over the other’s point of view. effort leading to future reward.

Instead, the above loop creates a habit. Author Charles Duhigg popularized and improved the habit loop concept.

If we believe in our value within the team and in our abilities, we make more confident efforts. Our increased efforts increase our performance levels as we devote more time and focus to getting things done.

Our superior performance and achievement gives us immediate pleasure with the feeling of accomplishment. Viewing tasks as pleasure created in the immediate present tense makes us more motivated. The higher motivation then enthralls us and propels us toward more effort.

We shouldn’t view effort as a one-time push, just as we shouldn’t view it as something negative to do in order to gain future non-immediate rewards.

Essentially, think of exertion as a regular way of life to feel better about yourself in the present rather than viewing work effort as a dull, boring, task-based rock to push upwards as a method to achieve goals. required or desired performance.

Read next week business talk as we explain how individuals can enjoy the effort of the task more and what managers can do to foster the enjoyment of the task within their teams.

Dr. Scott can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @ScottProfessor


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