The Seinfeld Productivity Secret to Achieving Anything
May 26, 2015
Whether you’re on a journey to lose weight or build your business (or both), the first day of the week can be an overwhelming (even if in a good way) prospect with projects, deadlines, and social engagements looming.
But if you shift your perspective, Monday is a perfect day for starting new habits and taking the next step towards your goals.
It can be overwhelming to set big goals, and it’s easy to expect them to come to fruition overnight.
It’s effective to set many small intentions, like eating more vegetables, drinking more water, or writing every day. When you break things down into smaller tasks, your to-do list becomes much more manageable.
For example, instead of focusing on your ultimate weight loss goal, break it down into small actions: Drink eight glasses of water every day, eat one green vegetable every day, reduce gluten. Or instead of putting “build new website” on your to-do list, break it down into all the specific steps you need to take, e.g.: Write bio, gather pictures, etc.
Resolve to take small steps every day and you’ll be blown away by how quickly you’ll reach and surpass your goals.
The most important thing when you’re setting goals is somehow holding yourself accountable.
Jerry Seinfeld (yes, THAT Jerry Seinfeld) has a ridiculously simple, yet amazingly effective, solution that only requires a wall calendar and a big red marker.
Simply tack the calendar up on your wall somewhere so it’s visible daily. We suggest using a real calendar, as opposed to a digital one, over your desk or in your kitchen to ensure you'll see it every day.
Then set a daily task for yourself in pursuit of your goal. Each day you take a small step towards your big goal, you get to place a big X over that day. The action is so satisfying (especially if you use a real wall calendar), you’re sure to get addicted and therefore reach your goal quickly.
After a few days of accomplishing your daily tasks, you'll have a chain of X’s, and trust me, you'll love that visual representation of your steady progress – you won't want to break the chain.
Then, little by little, you'll achieve your goals!
So what can you get done with the Seinfeld Productivity Secret? Do you think it can help you reach your goals?
Share what you plan on accomplishing in the comments section below!