Waiting for 5 O'Clock
The last few months of my formal employment felt brutal. I remember being at the office and constantly checking the time, waiting for my 5 o'clock freedom. It’s not that my job was horrible by any means. I worked with some really great people doing stuff I was pretty interested in like making videos and working on a website. But is was always just a job to me and in the end, I couldn’t help but watch the clock.
Over time I began recognizing the constant feeling of “waiting” I experienced at work and it bothered me. I would think, “Life is too short… why do I spend 3-4 days a week wishing it would just hurry up and go by even faster?” After some contemplation, I realized it was because my job did not provide me with any intrinsic motivation. According to Daniel Pink, the three elements of intrinsic motivation are:
Autonomy – The urge to direct our own lives.
Mastery – The desire to get...
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