7 Psychology-Backed Hacks for Boosting Your Motivation

This post originally appeared on HubSpot’s Sales Blog. To read more content like this,subscribe to Sales. Motivation is crucial in any professional environment. Trouble is, staying motivated is often easier said than done. No matter what industry you’re working in, you’re bound to encounter days with more bad than good. This is no reason to give up. After all, success comes when you push through the frustrating times and focus your efforts and energy on accomplishing one goal at a time.  To help you keep pushing forward in whatever you’re doing, we’ve compiled seven science-backed tips for sustaining motivation in the workplace. From finding your “why” to accepting rejection, we’re willing to bet that these tips will make a noticeable difference in your day. 7 Psychology-Backed Hacks for Boosting Your Motivation 1) Remind yourself of what you love about your job. There are two fundamental types of motivation — extrinsic and intrinsic. When you’re extrinsically motivated, you’re driven to act because of external incentives, like money, recognition, or praise. Intrinsic motivation, behavior driven by the simple enjoyment of a task, is a more powerful force. Richard Griggs, a psychology professor, writes, “A person’s intrinsic enjoyment of an activity provides sufficient justification for their behavior.” Try writing down a physical list of everything you enjoy about your job, or keeping a running tab of on-the-job moments that made you happy. The important thing is to be able to quickly refer back to a list of positive moments that will provide you a jolt of intrinsic motivation. 2) Find your “why.” The intrinsic-extrinsic dichotomy is further explored in the push-pull theory of motivation. According to this theory, humans...

Google Embraces Podcasting: This Week in Social Media

Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention. What’s New This Week Google Play Music Welcomes Podcasts: “Along with direct searches and browsing for podcasts, the service will connect new […] This post Google Embraces Podcasting: This Week in Social Media first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner – Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle from Social Media Examiner http://ift.tt/1Q1lhDZ via...

These Mac, iPod, & Beats products are losing Apple repair support, moving to ‘obsolete’ status in December

As it does regularly with older products, Apple is about to move a bunch of Macs, iPods, and accessories to obsolete status, meaning the products will no longer be eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized service providers. So if you happen to have one of these products and need a hardware repair of some kind, you’ll have until early December to do so at an Apple Store or authorized third-party service provider.  The Macs getting the axe this time around include: iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009) iMac (27-inch, Late 2009) MacBook Air (Mid 2009) Mac Pro (Early 2009) MacBook (13-inch, early 2008) MacBook Pro (15-inch, early 2009) These Macs will move to Obsolete status in all regions and vintage status where applicable. Apple typically begins the process for models 5-7 years after manufacturing has been discontinued and maintains a list on its website here. Vintage status only applies to California and Turkey where the company is required to continue offering support in some cases, but otherwise everything gets obsolete status and will no longer be eligible for hardware repairs. Other products moving to vintage obsolete status this time around include the iPod touch (1st generation), the Apple Cinema Display (23-inch, DVI early 2007), Time Capsule 802.11n (1st) generation, and for the first time, and long list of Beats products that Apple inherited with its acquisition of Beats Electronics, including: iBeats Beatbox Beatbox Portable (1st generation) Wireless (1st generation) Diddybeats Heartbeats (1st generation) All of the above obsoleting will go into action on December 8, 2015, as highlighted in the internal memo above.  Filed under: iOS,...

Select Apple Stores offering $50 discount on iPhone + Apple Watch purchases, but may not be best deal

Apple seems to be trialling small discounts on Apple Watches purchased with iPhones in certain stores. Through a store-only deal running today through November 15th, Apple is knocking $50 off the price of Apple Watches and Apple Watch Sports when bought with new iPhones, MacRumors notes. Not only is the promo not available online but it’s also being offered in select stores in just two states: California and Massachusetts. Shoppers in other markets may not be missing out on much, however, as 9to5Toys has seen better deals from resellers previously including $80 off without the required iPhone purchase. If you do happen to be in the market for both a new iPhone and an Apple Watch and you’re looking to save some money, 9to5Toys has highlighted a promotion expected to start at Target on Sunday (via a leaked ad) where you could save almost $70. Target is expected to discount Apple Watch prices by 10% with the purchase of a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, offering a greater savings on more expensive models. REDcard save another 5%. Target started selling the Apple Watch online and in stores earlier this month. Filed under: Apple Watch, iOS Devices Tagged: Apple watch, iPhone Visit 9to5Mac to find more special coverage of iOS Devices, iPhone, and Apple watch. What do you think? Discuss “Select Apple Stores offering $50 discount on iPhone + Apple Watch purchases, but may not be best deal” with our...

How-To: Make Apple TV screenshots and video captures without using Xcode

At some point in the future, creating pixel-sharp screenshots, UI videos, and game recordings from your Apple TV may be as easy as hitting a button or two on the Siri Remote, but right now, the only obvious technique is a workaround. Thankfully, the workaround doesn’t require the use of Apple’s Xcode or another developer tool — all you’ll need is OS X’s built-in app QuickTime Player and a USB-C cable of your choice… The process is the same for screenshots and videos. Load QuickTime Player on your Mac using Spotlight or the Applications folder. Connect your Apple TV — still plugged into the wall and your HDTV — to your Mac using the USB-C to USB cable you’ve purchased. Go to the File menu and choose New Movie Recording. Next to the gray and red record button, click on the “v” shaped arrow to see a list of choices. Pick Apple TV for both Camera and Microphone. At that point, you’ll see the Apple TV’s current video feed on your screen. Hit the gray and red record button to start recording video. To make a screenshot, hit Command-Shift-4, then hit the space bar. Your cursor will turn into a camera icon. Hover over the window until the title bar and recording interface disappear, then click your trackpad or mouse on the window to make a screenshot. Unless the video content you’re playing back through the Apple TV is protected against recording, this technique will let you create videos and screenshots effortlessly. A more complex and expensive solution with live streaming software and more video options is Elgato’s Game Capture HD60, reviewed...