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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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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– The Time Management Pocketbook
– How to Manage Your Time
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– The Yes/No Book: How to do less… and achieve more
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
– The Power of Habit: Why we Do what we Do, and How to Change
– Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
– Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating
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