Hello and welcome to day 5 of productivity week!
The “don’t break the chain” method was made famous by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who said that he writes one joke every single day.
Don’t break the chain is the perfect method for building new habits, ditching old ones or even learning a new skill.
It’s pretty straight forward to get started. Pick a task that you want to complete daily, which will impact your final goal. For example, you may want to be able to do the splits. So your daily goal may be to practice yoga for half an hour. Then for each day you complete your daily goal, mark it on your calendar with a large X. Whenever, you break the chain, you make a note of how many successive days you achieved your goal and start the chain again.
This technique keeps you motivated to continue with your habit, because who would want to ruin a long chain of lovely Xs? Seinfeld actually suggests using a year-long calendar. So if you’re really keen to build a new habit, why not challenge yourself with that?
Would you use this technique to achieve your goals? I use it for practicing yoga and Japanese. What would you use it for?