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How Does the Chain Method of Time Management Work?

The Chain Method was reportedly described by comedian Jerry Seinfeld to web developer and stand-up comedian, Brad Isaac.

Seinfeld used the Chain Method to motivate himself to find time to write new material every day.

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LESSON NOTES
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This technique can motivate you to stick with an ongoing task, create a new habit, or work towards a big goal.

It’s simple and needs no technology (although yes, you can get an app). All you do is mark an X on a calendar for every day that you do the thing you want to do. The rule is: ‘don’t break the chain.’

It works because it creates a habit by motivating you to want to write your
X. It’s motivating because of:
– the visual dominance of the X
– the tactile pleasure of writing it.

Process for your own chain of success
1. Decide on your goal (or goals – not too many)
2. Decide how much work to put in each day – and maybe the time of day you’ll do it
3. Put up a calendar in a prominent place
4. Each day you complete your task, draw a big red X across that day on your calendar
5. Don’t break the chain.
What if you have to miss a day, for holidays or sickness, for perhaps?
You don’t want to break the chain, but it’s not your fault. Allow yourself a blue X, or a tick

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1. Test out the Chain method for yourself. Does it work for you? Use it for a week. (10 MC CPD Points)
2. Decide if it works for you and how to adapt it. (2 MC CPD Points)

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RECOMMENDED READING
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I’ll be as modest as I can. I’m something of an expert on effective working, personal productivity, & time management, with 4 best-selling books by 3 international publishers:
– The Time Management Pocketbook
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– How to Manage Your Time
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– Powerhouse: Turbo Boost Your Effectiveness and Start Making a Serious Impact
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– The Yes/No Book: How to do less… and achieve more
https://geni.us/yhF90n

And here are my picks from the thousands of other books on personal productivity, effective working, & time management:
– The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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– The Power of Habit: Why we Do what we Do, and How to Change
https://geni.us/vNtXd4
– Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
https://geni.us/JxTY
– Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating
https://geni.us/48Y1LlC

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Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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