Get It Done by Ayelet Fishbach Pdf
Download Get It Done by Ayelet Fishbach Pdf book free online. Much has been said about motivating and influencing others, but what happens when the person you want to influence the most is yourself? Setting and accomplishing personal objectives, whether at business, at home, or in relationships, is more difficult than it appears. What’s the best place to begin? How do you keep going when there are obstacles and distractions? When you have more obligations, demands, and aspirations than you can handle, how do you pick which chores and goals to prioritize?. GET FREE AUDIOBOOK
Ayelet Fishbach, a psychologist and behavioral scientist, proposes a novel theoretical framework for self-motivated activity in Get It Done, describing how to:
- Determine the appropriate objectives.
- The “middle problem” must be addressed.
- Defeat temptations
- Make use of the resources available to you.
- And there’s a lot more…
Get It Done illuminates invaluable strategies for pulling yourself in whatever direction you want to go—so you can achieve your goals while staying healthy, clearheaded, and happy—with fascinating research from the field of motivation science and compelling stories of people who learned to motivate themselves.
Summary of Get It Done by Ayelet Fishbach Pdf
What is the benefit to me? Discover the key to getting things done.
Here’s a thought for you: How efficient are you at completing tasks? Are you someone who procrastinates? Perhaps you have problems seeing initiatives through, such as learning a new language. Or what about doing your taxes? I’m guessing you struggle with this chapter as much as I do because you chose it. Because, while I may not have a master’s degree from any university, I consider myself to be a master procrastinator and a project starter who never finishes. So, to kick off our joint exploration of how to get better at just doing things,
I’d want to tell you about Baron Munchhausen. If you’re unfamiliar with him, he’s the hero of an old story about a military guy who is an expert at lying. One of his most well-known stories goes as follows: He’s riding his horse around the countryside one day when he suddenly becomes caught in a bog. By the minute, the horse is sinking deeper and deeper. Rather than panicking, the Baron of Lies devises a clever solution. He drags himself (and his horse) out of the marsh by his own ponytail.
Sure, the Baron’s story defies physics, but the symbolism is clear: the key to progress is self-motivation. And it just so happens to be one of the most important things I require assistance with. And you, too, are likely in need of assistance. Because, honestly, why does it require so much work to start a new habit or complete a project? Tell me I’m not alone, and that you, too, put off dull life-administrative tasks for months because you think they’ll take hours. Then, when you actually sit down and execute them, it only takes you an hour.
Set compelling, clear goals and have fun to get to the finish line.
Perhaps you’ve successfully navigated a major life shift previously, such as terminating an unhappy relationship or changing careers. All of these activities must be completed, even if encouraging yourself to do so is difficult.
Life is full with demands, distractions, and fears. When they do, your motivation (and ambitions) are frequently put on hold. So, how do you keep yourself motivated to pursue your aspirations and desires when life gets in the way? It all begins with selecting the appropriate aim. Goals, when properly articulated, may be tremendous motivators. Keep these three elements in mind when setting a goal that will propel you to the finish line.
To begin, think of it as a goal in and of itself rather than a means to another aim. Consider the difference between “applying for a job” and “finding a job.” You want your objectives to be interesting rather than a job.
Second, keep your objectives vague. But be careful not to be too unclear. “Improve my mental health,” for example, is preferable to “be happy” since it directs you to the next step: in this case, commencing therapy.
Third, concentrate on “do” rather than “don’t” goals. Set goals in terms of something you want to achieve, such as good health or success, rather than something you want to avoid, such as sickness or failure. Goals, like recipes, are most effective when measurable. Setting a hard, quantifiable, and actionable goal can motivate you to achieve your goal and allow you to track your progress. Just make sure it’s you, not someone else, who sets the target. Because that will assist you in being more dedicated.
Also, avoid selecting aims that are unduly optimistic. We all like optimistic people like Ted Lasso, but being overly optimistic can lead to a lot of fantasy rather than actual work.You must consider two types of numerical targets: how much (for example, $10,000) and how soon (within one year? six months? two years?).
So, if your objective was something broad like “doing well at your new job” or “getting more sleep,” try replacing it with “finish a work project by the end of the week” and “get eight hours of sleep every night.” Set a goal for yourself, such as “racing the next Chicago Marathon in under five hours.”
Another tool you should have in your armory of self-motivation? Incentives. A basic component of behavioral research that dates back to Pavlov’s salivating dogs. Rewards and punishments are both sorts of incentives.
Rewards and penalties Create immediate mini-goals to your primary aim to drive action. For this example, let’s go grab a cup of coffee at your favorite coffee shop. How much is your latte, flat white, or whatever you choose these days? Is your inner voice telling you that this is way too much?
Expensive coffees have been blamed for people’s lack of financial discipline. Some quip that lattes and avocado toast are the reasons millennials are unable to purchase homes, but here we are, buying flat whites and lattes. Do you understand why? Because they feel like a prize, whether it’s for getting out of bed or having a great morning at work. I’m sure we’ll always find an excuse.
Make sure you’re rewarding the proper action with your incentives to get the most out of them. Otherwise, you could end up with “the cobra effect.” It’s a bizarre tale. Look it up online. It involves people in India cultivating cobra snakes for the purpose of catching them and collecting incentives.
That’s obviously easier said than done. To keep on track, you must understand a key distinction: does your incentive genuinely contribute to progress toward your objective, or is it just a meaningless target that is easy to measure?
Let’s imagine you’re attempting to advance your career. Paying yourself for how much time you spend at your computer won’t assist you much, but rewarding yourself for the quantity or quality of your work would. That means you may set a goal for yourself to create one unprompted report in the next three months for something that will truly benefit your team. Alternatively, maintain track by submitting one good product idea per month in writing.
However, we want to keep things interesting. To do so, embrace unpredictability and take a break from your incentives now and then. I’m simply advising you to take a break. Breathe. It is not a race. It’s a long race. Hitting pause can also help you check that you’re pursuing your goal for the right reasons – and not only for the money.
The final and most important component of goal-setting is enjoyment. I know. I basically just walked you through a bunch of homework you should complete in order to get things done. And now I’m telling you to have a good time as well? Please bear with me. “Work consists of anything a body is compelled to do, and that play consists of whatever a body is not obligated to do,” Mark Twain’s title character says in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. That is essentially another definition of intrinsic motivation. When you do something just because, it’s called intrinsic motivation. Because you desire it. Because you enjoy yourself while doing it. It’s your dream, after all. Because. Perhaps there isn’t even a good explanation. It simply feels great.
As a result, intrinsic drive is the best predictor of activity participation. Let me quickly unpack this. What I mean is this:
When you establish a goal for yourself, especially if it’s something you don’t believe is very enjoyable to begin with, such as work, exercise, or vacuuming, make sure you can find a way to make it enjoyable. Because having fun makes you intrinsically motivated, and intrinsic motivation leads to achievement. Of course, there are exceptions. For example, what if you’ve been putting off ending your relationship? It’s difficult to see the amusement in that. But consider how it will affect you in the long run. Perhaps you will feel more liberated, and you will stop injuring yourself or your spouse. So, if you’re having trouble finding joy in a task, just recall why you want to accomplish it and mentally correlate the pleasant consequences with it.
However, the fundamental principle is simple: make your goals enjoyable! Temptation bundling is one technique to accomplish this. That means you can work out while watching your favorite show. This works best if you just give yourself that small temptation while working toward your objective. Another thing you might do is try to identify any existing sentiments of enjoyment and joy. If you’re attempting to get into morning running, for example, you might want to pay attention to that brief sensation of exhilaration that follows your exercise. When the sun is shining and the breeze is blowing through your hair, you can feel your heart and skin warm up. When your breathing becomes more regular. When the world is serene and still in the morning. Inhale deeply. Concentrate on that.
About the Author
Ayelet Fishbach, PhD, is a past president of the Society for the Study of Motivation and the Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Dr. Fishbach’s work has appeared in a number of psychology and business journals, including Psychological Review and Psychological Science, and he has served as an Associate Editor for numerous publications, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Psychological Science. Her study has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Chicago Tribune, and NPR, and was chosen for inclusion in the New York Times’ “Annual Year in Ideas.”
Dr. Fishbach has won numerous international accolades, including the Best Dissertation Award and Career Trajectory Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the Fulbright Educational Foundation Award, and the Provost’s Teaching Award from the University of Chicago in 2006. — The hardback edition is mentioned in this section.