Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret
You’ve heard that it takes 21 days to build any habit, right? Well, that’s WRONG. It actually takes 18 to 254 days.
Consistency is the key to forming any habit.
The majority of people fail at building life-changing habits because of one reason: they start strong but give up early.
Here’s where a proven productivity hack by Jerry Seinfeld comes in handy.
Wait, Jerry Seinfeld?
Yep, it’s commonly known as the "Don’t Break The Chain" hack, and the concept couldn’t be simpler.
Jerry said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used on himself and you can use it to motivate yourself – even when you don’t feel like it.
Here’s how it works:
Find Your ONE Thing Do you want to master SEO? Do you want to become a superb programmer? Or do you want to be a stand-up comedian, like Jerry himself? Figure it out
Put Up the Calendar Hang a huge annual calendar at your workspace, office or home. I do this with a sheet of A4 paper and it works just fine
Mark the Days Put a big X across each day when you devote time to working on your one thing. This creates a chain of X’s showing your progress. Focus on growing your chain longer and longer
Keep the Chain Going Your only job is NOT to break the chain
After a few days, you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt.
This hack works because it helps you become more consistent with your most important skill or talent.