Like many other people, I have historically had severe issue staying productive for long periods of time. Whether on personal projects or as an employee, procrastination has often gotten the best of me and I've spent days delaying what should have been done yesterday. However, I know I'm not the only one. Even extremely successful people have had trouble staying focused on their task. After all, the more things you have to do, the more things you're able to procrastinate!
Although breaking the cycle of procrastination can be tough, there are many methods that can help you. Many people find solace is making lists and planning out their entire day. I've always found this extremely boring and these methods never worked well for me. However, I have found one method in particular that has worked like a charm, helping me master my productivity problems and keep me a productive employee and human being.
The Seinfeld Method
The Seinfeld Method get's it's name from world famous comedian Jerry Seinfeld. When interviewed about how Jerry Seinfeld stays productive while writing his material, he offered a small bit of insight into his productivity secret. He bought a calendar and wrote a large X through each day he successfully wrote a certain amount of words.
Is that it? Well, not exactly. He goes on to explain why it's as helpful as it is and how it can help you with your goals, whether that be writing, playing guitar, or mastering personal finance.
"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."
This small bit of advice is monumental! Imagine the sense of accomplishment you'd have with a desk calendar that had big black X's through it from January 1st to December 31st. You'd have a visual representation of your triumphs throughout the year and the desire not to "break the chain" would overcome any lingering desire to procrastinate you'd have.
A Word of Warning
Keep in mind that everyone is different. This method may not work for you, but I've found it to be a helpful tool that has allowed me to become a more productive person and master my personal and professional life. Give it a try and see what you think!