Motivation is typically split into two different categories: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic motivation is derived from pleasure or rewards from external sources. Intrinsic motivation is based on the value we find in our own work.
To stay motivated in your classes, consider these ways to build up both your intrinsic and extrinsic motivation:
Be good to yourself.
Reconnect with what you love about being a Harvard student.
Add reward and accountability structures to your day.
Avoid extrinsic motivation that involves punishment.
Creating Motivation through Social Accountability
Accountability hours, accountability groups, and coworking spaces boost productivity and provide students with both community and a sense of purpose. The ARC hosts a daily Accountability Hour (M-Th), where students are invited to work silently with their cameras on or off. Participants share their goals for the hour and then get to work. Participants can also seek drop-in coaching via the chat or in a breakout room. Study groups are also welcome to use Accountability Hours as a space to connect and work.