Greatest Productivity Hack – Do not break the chain. And What has habit got to do with it?

Before the holidays are over, If you are looking for a new book – here are my top 2 recommendations.

  • Is this Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld
  • Tiny Habits – The small changes that change everything by BJ Fogg.

Even if you don’t get to read the books, here are somethings I really think will make a big difference in your life, immediately. BJ practices what he calls Maui habit. This is how it goes:

After I put my feet on the floor in the morning

I will say “It’s going to be a great day.”

And then celebrate. <Do a fist bump. Say Yes. Do a little dance – whatever celebration comes naturally to you.

From Tiny Habits The small changes that change everything by BJ Fogg.

Going back to why I wanted to write about Seinfeld’s Productivity hack today, is because I recently discovered how consistently Seinfeld writes, and creates his material. Seinfeld told Tim Ferriss in an interview recently that he writes every single day for 30 minutes. Follows the exact same routine. Morning Coffee, Yellow Pad, Bic Pen. No matter what, he writes in those 30 minutes or stares at the blank page if he cannot come up with anything. Writing is hard work!

There is this famous idea making rounds in the internet, which Seinfeld has since declined on a Reddit AMA but I love the idea and still prefer to call it the Jerry Seinfeld Productivity hack.

Take any goal. Strength training, Weight Loss, making Top Sales Person of the Year for your company. And for me Writing. I am trying to Write. So here is how you approach it.

  1. Get a Wall Calendar with large boxes for each day.
  2. Write each day. (Train each day, make that sales call each day, take action)
  3. Use a Big red marker to cross off the date for every day that you take action.
  4. After a few days you will have a chain of Red Xs.
  5. Your only job from then on is – Do not break the chain.

So, even though Jerry did not come up with the idea, I have watched way too much Seinfeld that I almost hear the instructions in his voice.

Writing is hard. (So is strength training, running, eating healthy, losing weight)

Well this is where tiny habits come in. BJ Fogg describes a tiny habit as a behavior that you do one time, that takes less than 30 seconds to do and finally that requires very little effort.

How would one apply this to writing? Using the tiny habit framework, here is what I will do:

After I make my morning tea, I will go to my office and open wordpress to write. <And then do not forget to celebrate. Fist Bump! >

How would you apply this to strength training?

After I finish dinner, I will lay out my gym clothes and shoes. <And then do not forget to celebrate. Fist Bump! >

Here are some other simple yet effective tiny habits to start doing right now?

  • After I get up from my work desk, I will tidy up one item. And then Always “CELEBRATE”
  • After I brush my teeth, I will floss one tooth. And then Always “CELEBRATE”
  • After I lay my head on the pillow, I will be grateful for one positive thing from my day. And then Always “CELEBRATE”

I see, you get the idea.

I Promise to write about Celebration tomorrow.

Oh as for Jerry Seinfeld’s “Is this anything?” It is just a fun book to read and be inspired from the amazing craftsman that he is.

What is your big goal that you can apply the tiny habits method to?

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #4.

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