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Working in a comfy location, like the confines of your home office or local cafe could potentially aid in the relaxation and slacking in the work department. With no cubicles to pass the time working or suffer in a grey sea of boredom, what keeps you […]

Working in a comfy location, like the confines of your home office or local cafe could potentially aid in the relaxation and slacking in the work department. With no cubicles to pass the time working or suffer in a grey sea of boredom, what keeps you motivated when you have all the distractions of the outside world to deal with? Is it the fear of going hungry? Or is it a fear of entering the cubicle farm that was once your home from 9-5?

What do you do to stay motivated? Are there tools, reminders, time trackers, task lists that you use to help you out? Do you monitor your incoming cash flow daily or weekly to ensure you are on the right track?

  1. For me, it’s pretty straightforward: I run a startup and we expect to launch in about 2 months. If everything goes well, there is a chance that I end up a multimillionaire. If anything goes badly, I probably end up broke (having sunk all my cash into the company). Most startups go broke, so I need to do far better than the average. On top of that, I’m the Chief Evil Overlord (aka CEO), so the rest of the team is coming to me with design decisions, questions, and proposals. I can’t afford to be bored or distracted.

    Do I sometimes get bored and/or distracted anyway? Yep. Occasionally I even take a short nap in the middle of the day if I was up late the night before. I have a playlist on iTunes called “High Energy”. I try to step away from the computer periodically, make some tea or walk outside, but generally just let my brain reset.

    It’s all a balancing act. The key part is to maintain a level affect…get enough sleep, don’t get too excited or too depressed about anything.

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  2. Ah, two things…
    [1] I have to get my ideas on the drawing board and set into motion before my brain explodes. And there’s nothing worse than not being able to remember what that great idea was you had yesterday but never took down any notes about it.

    [2] If I don’t get my projects off the ground quick enough, some like-minded person or group will do it first. Do it now or come in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. That’s my motto. Or to quote “Talladega Nights”, “If you’re not first, you’re last”.

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  3. Two things :

    I just love what I do, which is the greatest motivation I’ve ever met.

    And when I’m not in the mood for working, which sometimes may happen, I just imagine how the customers will get mad at me and harass my cellphone and email until a get the job done.

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  4. [...] Chris Gilmer asks ‘what motivates web workers?‘. Go have your say. For me it’s a combination of enjoyment of what I do, helping others, setting myself goals, being rewarded well and meeting some great people. [...]

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  5. When I need motivation all I need to do is watch SwordFish, Hackers or Pirates of Sillycon Valley and I’m ready for a hole month of pure and sweet motivation! :-D

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  6. I’m motivated by the fact that I’m passionate about what I do, and I’ve had the good fortune of being able to start from scratch and build something that is truly wonderful with people I like working with. The fact that we are not in the same physical location seems secondary, and I find myself anxious to get out of bed in the morning and get started.

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  7. Retirement at 30!

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  8. You touched on my motivation in your post – the fact that I DON’T want to go back to the cubicle (although my last employer had nice cubicles and it was a great place to work, company politics aside), and that my income is now totally dependant on my need to work.

    I’m probably one of the few that doesn’t have a spousal income to help support us, so if I quit working the money dries up.

    And that’s why I use a few different apps to keep track of things. And when I have free time I explore other ways to make myself more productive, or I just sit back and recharge for a bit.

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  9. guess the thing that keeps me going is that Im writing apps for myself and the more I work the more i need not depend on the big schools of big fish. the cubicle farms work alright, though Id prefer them more if they were sound proof (my neighbor loves barabra striesand) .

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  10. I have no dress code.
    I have no set work hours.
    I have no cubicle mates.
    I have no boss.
    I have my dog in my office.
    I have my office wherever I am.
    I choose which projects to do and which not to do.
    I do not work if I do not want to work.
    I make really good money when I do work.
    I have my music as louded as I want it.

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