It is absolutely not important how big or small the result you want to achieve, or the problem you want to solve. Why? Just to remind: according to statistics, 100% of people die. No result matters. No size matters. Result is one for everyone: death. Only process matters.
Thus, our task is just to find way in which process will bring pleasure. I don't know the 100% formula for resolving problems with pleasure. But certain components could be:
Like-minded people. It is easier to fight against enemy, if another people also suffered from the same enemy. I. e. you are not alone.
As an experiment, it would be interesting to create/watch movie in following style:
The screen will be divided into different parts according to cameras positions. Simultaneously, we can see movement of hero for example in profile and full face.
Concentration. Non-interrupted work on the problem increases efficiency thanks to accumulated information about the problem in the brain cache (temporary) memory. Interruption makes it difficult to come back to the problem solution next time.
Simultaneously doing "must" and "want". There are a lot of problems we meet during our life. They result in "must" tasks. We should do them anyway. If we have long term illness, we must attend a doctor. Otherwise we could die. Every morning we must go to the toilet. Otherwise... you better don't think what could happen.. I "want" to write a code. However I "must" sig in the toilet for a long time e. g. because I did eat something bad. The obvious solution is to sit in the toilet with the laptop.
Don't allow "must" tasks to take a control over my life. If I work the full time job that I don't like, I should spend there only hours necessary to survive (pay rent and get groceries). Not more. The ideal way is to get "must" work simultaneously committing "want" tasks. E. g. night security guard who is not busy enough with his main duties.
Disclaimer: tag for this post is "humor" :)
Imagine you cannot launch code step-by-step. And you have no server log. After build, application does not show up. And we need to find bug place in code.
Binary tree says:
Comment half of the code
Build and launch app again
If it still does not show up, comment half of remaining half of the code.
Our brain analyzes terabytes of data every second just by observing and hearing surrounding environment: sky, buildings, other people...
Why can't it do the same while we read the simple text in the book? Why can we read no more than 1Kb per hour?
Stress is caused by decision taking. To take a decision we need to:
- compute risks
- spend time on gathering information about all the choices possible
- take responsibility for the decision taken
How to avoid that? Just simple daily planning. Every day, create a plan for the next day. Then on the next day, we can think less, take decisions less (because we should not decide where to spend every minute of time). Instead of stressing ourselves, we can concentrate on the current important tasks and their performance.
I assume the following should be considered as pillars of motivation. All of them should be necessary for a person to be motivated doing something. All of them should surround person, interact with him.
Person who is better than me. He shows me that result of work is possible if I will work hard and will become as good as he is.
Person, who is worse than me (from the point of view of qualification). He shows, that I have a preference in comparison to others to start doing something. I have a potential.
Person having unresolved problem. And result of my work could help him. He can buy result of my work. He needs it.
Thus, in other terms, we can list pillars like this:
Imagine future world, different from that we have today. Future of child is no longer defined by history of his parents. Children are born and distributed randomly among parents in all over the world. Each parent educates random child. No ownership, no maternity. Just process of education. Each parent should educate 1 random child minimum.
Btw, I do not share this idea in real life and I would like to be parent for my child. However, this could be a good idea for scenario of a fantastic book.
If you feel that:
- It is to earlier: do it now. Usually we postpone some non-convenient but very useful activities. Preparing for university exam, etc.
- It is to be done now: wait. Usually we feel to do something right now only if it gives us pleasure and harm only. Or we just don't have enough information about consequences. E. g. if you see shining but used auto, I would like to buy it now just because it is beatiuful. But I should buy it later, spending some time looking under the hood.
- It is to late: do it now. It is never late for anything to do.
What is the difference between bad, good and excellent teachers?
Bad teacher provides to student right answer to student's question based on right knowledge. That decreases student's independence. Because in the future, the student will not be able to find an answer without teacher.
Good teacher does not provide to student any answer to student's question. Maybe because teacher is not qualified enough and thus he just does not know the answer. But he is still good teacher. Because he implicitly forces student to find answer without teacher. In the future, such student will become self-sufficient professional.
Excellent teacher does not provide to student any answer to student's question as well. But there is one thing making him not only good but excellent teacher. In response to student's question this teacher also asks student a question. Thus, he forces student not only to become self-sufficient, but to learn a right way.
I have a lot of ideas for scenarios. But no one plot has final. Why? I can easily generate new ideas for new plots. But cannot complete any...
Should I work more?
Or should I wait more?
Or I am just perfectionist and always try seeking for something original, avoiding repeat of existing stuff?
As a humans we have same structure of bones, muscles, body.
We have same stages of mind and consciousness development.
We have same needs, instincts and fears.
If no accident happens, we live similar average number of years.
We are 100% biorobots.