There’s a story attributed to Jerry Seinfeld in which he gave solicited advice to an aspiring comedian named Brad Isaac. The story goes that Isaac asked Seinfeld the secret to becoming a better comedian.
Seinfeld told his new “protege” that to become a better comic he simply needed to write better jokes. And the way to write better jokes was to write every day. (Good advice for writers too…and golfers, plumbers, accountants, jugglers…)
Seinfeld then explained that he kept a large calendar on the wall, and for every day he wrote jokes, he marked a big red X through that day. “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. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”
The logic is sound.
I wrote a handful of novels that way.
In that same vein, I recently downloaded an app for my phone called Streaks.
Very simple, very powerful as well.
With a couple of clicks you create a calendar (as many or as few as you want…I currently have 7) and begin putting the big red X in all the days you complete the task. For most of my adult life I’ve been an intermittent flosser. Since installing Streaks, I can honestly say I haven’t missed a single day…154 days and counting!
The amazing thing is, Streaks really does work. And it takes less than 15 seconds per day to stay current with it.