Update: This post is superseded by my newer work on procrastination.
I want to continue to upload my notes I took from lukeprog’s awesome post over at Less Wrong called How to Beat Procrastination. The Procrastination Equation, as mentioned in my first post, shows where our motivation comes from:
Shockingly, if you increase the perceived value of a task or the size of its reward, you will be more motivated to do it. :)
How to increase Value (click image for full size)
Finding meaning and passion in what I do is probably hands-down the best source of motivation I know of.
As for making rewards, this rarely works for me because I always know that I don’t actually have to wait to accomplish the task to get the rewards. I find it hard to ‘trick’ myself this way; there needs to be some sort of external enforcement.