Three of a kind: How to motivate yourself

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by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 27 May 2011

Drive
Daniel H Pink
Canongate £8.99

Once, deep in the mists of time, motivation was provided by the promise of food or sex. Then, there was motivation 2.0: the promise of wages or shelter. Now, says Pink, there's motivation 2.1 - the kind which persuades enthusiasts (we'd never call them mugs) to donate their hours to crafting Wikipedia pages or open-source software. Want to tap into that zeal? Read on. An engaging look at what motivates us.

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The Procrastination Equation
Dr Piers Steel
Prentice Hall Life/Pearson £12.99

Dr Steel is 'the leading authority on the science of motivation and procrastination', so we bet he knows a thing or two about how to stop dragging your feet. Sadly, after an exploration of the reasons behind procrastination (which is rather compelling), he seems to be limited to fortune cookie advice. 'Let your passion be your vocation', he trills, before advising readers to get out of their comfort zones. Then again, those really might be the only solutions. We can't be bothered to find out.

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Motivate Yourself
Frances Coombes
Hodder Education £10.99

A straightforward guide to getting motivated, complete with exercises, case studies and plenty of NLP-style ideas to trick your brain into getting off its backside. The downside is the hippie overtone, accusing computers of turning us into automatons and asking questions like 'are you on your journey towards your dream?'

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