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Feb 17, 2019 10:43:12

Don't break the chain

by @brandonwilson PATRON | 294 words | 223🔥 | 223💌

Brandon Wilson

Current day streak: 223🔥
Total posts: 223💌
Total words: 71842 (287 pages 📄)

This article explains a productivity secret from Jerry Seinfeld. Jerry said he realized that in order to be a better comic he needed to create better jokes. The way to create better jokes was to write every day. To accomplish this, Jerry used a simple calendar system.

He got a big wall calendar with the whole year on one page and hung it on the wall where he would see it everyday. Then he got a big red magic marker. For every day that he completed his writing task, he put a big red X over that day. Here is the most important part:

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.

Daily action builds habits. Think of it as the 1% Rule. This explains the beauty of 200WAD. People who are writing a book like @basilesamel know that writing a bit each day and every day over time will create much better results compared to sitting down one or two days a week to cram in a bunch of thoughts.

Maybe it's a calendar and a big red magic marker that will do the trick like it did for Seinfeld. Maybe it's a checklist on your phone. Maybe it's the fire icon of the streak on 200WAD (my personal favorite). Whatever tool you need to hold yourself accountable, find what works for you and use it.

Some people ask which is harder, taking that first step or keeping it going after the first step. Who cares. The point is to start. 

And don't break the chain.

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    I love the idea of Red Chain! Not for 200WaD, the blue squares work well enough, but i think it might be a great help with my Zazen Streak. I am a visual person, the tail getting longer will matter ( @philh , what do you think? Shall we hang the Red Dragon? Maybe it could be a circle getting fatter with each new loop...?)
    Thank you @brandonwilson ! Again :-)))

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 18, 2019 12:15:28
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      @lucjah I like the dragon, but not Red. It reminds me about Ty. :)

      PhilH avatar PhilH | Apr 18, 2019 16:38:21
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      @lucjah Red chain..tail. You know what I just thought of? Since Game of Thrones is back on, imagine you had the House Targaryen sigil that would grow bigger with each day. Now THAT would be some motivation. https://gameofthrones.fandom.com/wiki/House_Targaryen

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 18, 2019 07:40:40
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      @brandonwilson oooooh noooooo.... too scary for me...

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 18, 2019 17:04:30
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      @brandonwilson @philh green? blue? hmmm... golden is beautiful but not very visible... I like red i think... :-/

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 18, 2019 17:05:54
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    @brandonwilson - 75 day streak! You are on fire! And an awesome mindset. I am very close behind. I will catch up :)

    What do you use? A big calendar you can see or your phone?

    Keep up your streak!

    Keni avatar Keni | Feb 17, 2019 13:25:46
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      @keni I like the calendar idea, but I travel a lot and really need portability. I keep track of my daily writing on 200WAD. I have a planner where I keep track of other daily habits. My financial planner told me about an app called Way of Life that sounds like an interesting way to track habits so I may give that one a try. 47 days is quite the streak as well. Keep it going!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 17, 2019 11:38:13
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    @brandonwilson ??? People like you are what's keeping me going every day. Thanks for writing

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 18, 2019 01:08:47
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      @basilesamel Thanks for creating the tool. I am forever grateful.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 17, 2019 11:35:06
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