I kicked college’s butt. From essays to jobs to graduating with honors, I did the whole thing right, and didn’t need any motivation (aside from the sweet, sweet feeling of accomplishment). Times have changed, however, and I’ve found myself to be in a bit of a productivity rut for about a year. This laziness is strange to me, and I’ve found myself at a complete loss for personal motivation techniques. Who can I turn to for aid? Oprah? Dr. Phil? What about Jerry Seinfeld? It seems that the renowned comedian actually has a pretty good method for getting stuff done. Read about it after the cut!
According to Jerry, lots of little small steps lead to big productivity. Instead of sitting down and hammering out as many jokes as possible a few times a week, he slowly chips away at the task with an interesting method:
He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over 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.’
While I have yet to try the method (which will happen), blogger Chris Strom managed to write three books in the past year by using it. Through sickness, holidays and vacations, Strom sat down and composed one blog a day, for 366 days. These blogs, in turn, led to additional writing, which led to the books. If that isn’t evidence that I need to try it, I don’t know if I’ll ever be productive. [via Lifehacker, source 1 and 2]
Have you tried this method? Do you have any good productivity secrets?