Jerry Seinfeld wrote new jokes every single day.a big red X on a calendar helps keep you on track

Now, if you have ever tried to regularly do something, whether it’s writing a blog every week, or running 6 miles every morning, you know it isn’t easy at all.

When you don’t want to do something, then you find all sorts of excuses that prevent you from doing it.

It’s not that you don’t want to write a blog post today, but you “just have some really important client meetings that I can’t put off“.

It’s not that you don’t want to run your 6 miles this morning, but “it’s just turned really cold, and I haven’t bought my warm running clothes yet“.

How many times have you promised yourself to stop smoking? Start exercising? Write down your daily to-do list?

Finding a reason for not doing something is very easy, and when you aren’t consistent, when you aren’t doing the same thing every day, it’s incredibly easy to stop doing them altogether.

Jerry Seinfeld wrote new jokes every single day. His philosophy was that you can only get better at writing jokes by writing jokes, so he did so, consistently, every day.

The trick to this was absurdly simple. He had a big calendar on his wall, one that showed an entire year on one page. Every day he wrote new jokes, he would mark a big red X in that day. The next day, he would write new jokes, and mark another big red X. And so on. After a few days of this, you get a chain of red Xs – and it’s surprising how much you don’t want to break the chain!

That’s how you form a habit. By consistently doing something every single day. And, as I said at the beginning, this applies to everything.

Want to write a blog post every day? put up that calendar and start marking Xs every day you write a post.

Want to start getting things done? Mark Xs every time you write down 3 important tasks every day that have to get done.

Want your meetings to be productive? Mark down an X every time you arrange a meeting that as an agenda.

It really is as simple as that.