In honor of rebooting my website, I'd like to share a printable monthly streak calendar (also known as the Seinfeld Calendar) that I made for myself this morning.
[Jerry Seinfeld] told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.
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."
"Don't break the chain," he said again for emphasis
There are tons of things I'd like to do every day: meditate, play my guitar, draw, exercise, attain Inbox Zero. It's easy to let these things slip away out of either lack of motivation or simple distraction. I've gone months without meditating, even though it's really beneficial and takes very little time or effort.
I don't completely lack discipline, however. I've been reading at least 50 pages every day with the goal of reading 52 books this year. I've also been writing 250 words daily. So far, my writing hasn't been very focused, but I might start working on a novella next week.