There are 2 kinds of motivation, intrinsic and extrinsic. There are also 2 perspectives–self motivation, and motivation of others. I went to an interesting workshop at work this week, on how extrinsic motivation doesn’t really work in the long run, and on how to motivate others through positive reinforcement of the desired behaviours. Our pre-reading was this TED talk by Dan Pink.
At work, we want people to finish their tasks, but also to think of ways to improve the process; to follow procedures, but still come up with innovative solutions rather than throwing up their hands and saying, been there, done that, it won’t work.
Why do I keep starting new projects? Why do I sign up for swaps when I have my own commitments–some to family and friends in real life (IRL)–that I want to finish?
Let me know if you’ve figured that out, because I haven’t.
I really appreciate the Finish-a-long and A Lovely Year of Finishes link parties, which provide both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for finishing projects. Intrinsic, the satisfaction of making a goal and achieving it, of having that beautiful new quilt/knitted sweater/tote to keep or gift, and extrinsic, the possibility of winning fabulous prizes and the admiration of all our on-line friends for our accomplishments.
Back at the beginning of March, I bravely targeted completion of my paparazzi camera bag for ALYOF. At this point, I have installed the snaps and completed fusing most of the interfacing. I had to print out the pattern so I could keep track of which piece is which and which pieces I had fused. So did I have insufficient motivation? (or just insufficient time 🙂 ).
Way, way back, at the beginning of January, I made three Finish-A-Long goals, of which the paparazzi bag was one. And neither of the other two projects have progressed as far as the paparazzi bag.
I’ll leave you with one more photo of the pillow cover I am making for the Great Pillow Fight Swap on flickr. I’m sorry it’s a little out-of-focus; I am framing the hexagon (half of it shown here) in the green, then I’m going to make a low volume strings background to make the cover square. This is the Lotus pattern using the Hex’n’more ruler. Linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.