Are you a motivated labmate?

ResearchBlogging.orgI went through this little gift from Uri Alon. Appeared in Molecular Cell, his essay aims to conjugate psychological principles to the every-day lab routine for improving motivation. How Uri Alon improves the motivation of his lab? He tries to balance three fundamental needs of any scientist: competence, autonomy and social connectedness, for instance:
I make our weekly group meeting an event that enhances social connectedness. The first half hour of the two hour meeting is devoted to nonscience. This at first may seem to eliminate one quarter of the time for talking science, but in the long term, gains from increased motivation more than make up for any losses.
I'm a little bit skeptical about reading psychologicalities to increase self-motivation and productivity, as I think that to get things done the best is stopping reading this and making something concrete. However, I was in my bed after a long productive day and Molecular Cell is Molecular Cell period. The essay is also well-written. The author does not explain how to recognize symptoms of non-motivation, so I add here my personal thermometer: the measure of my degree of motivation is the laziness taken to duly complete my lab-book.

Post scriptum:
research blogging is a way to increase social connectedness in my case, but after a while I realized that also my competences were increased: I remember more the studies that I blog.

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Alon, U. (2010). How to Build a Motivated Research Group Molecular Cell, 37 (2), 151-152 DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2010.01.011