Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, exercise more, or just be a better person, the way to keep your New Year’s Resolution is to make the change a habit. You want it to become second nature and no longer something you have to think about every day.
The key? Marking an X on a calendar.
Yes. That’s it. Mark an X when you complete your task.
Jerry Seinfeld sets himself a task of writing jokes each day. Every day. To keep him on pace and in the groove of always writing. He has a one page wall calendar with the entire year on it and a big red marker. The calendar is then hung on a prominent wall.
When Seinfeld completes his daily task of writing jokes, he gets to put a big red X on 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.”
“Don’t break the chain,” he said again for emphasis.
Daily action builds habits. It gives you practice and will make you an expert in a short time. If you don’t break the chain, you’ll start to spot opportunities you otherwise wouldn’t. Small improvements accumulate into large improvements rapidly because daily action provides “compounding interest.”
Skipping one day makes it easier to skip the next.
A paper calendar will work best, you can see a big bold X every day you don’t smoke, go to the gym, or eat your vegetables. Here’s a free download from Writers Store to print off and hang.
You can do it digitally too, maybe set up an ALL DAY event in your calendar with a bold color every time you complete your challenge so that your calendar becomes awash in the color. Yes, there’s even an Seinfeld Calendar app for that.
Want to keep your New Year’s resolution? Use the Seinfeld Calendar, take it one day at a time, and then do a happy dance.