Jerry Seinfeld wanted to be better comic. Better comics have better jokes, and better jokes come from writing every day. To motivate himself to write everyday, he put a calendar on the wall and made a big red X each day he wrote jokes.
“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.” – from Brad Isaac
I’ve used this technique to work out more, stop drinking, and to build other habits.
The only problem is that it’s hard to find a simple, dedicated calendar to track it on. First I used a little at-a-glance calendar to track things in 2014 (but I made it too complicated). Then, I made a dedicated one for 2016 and 2017.
This year I got tired of re-creating it every year to fit the correct dates/days. So here’s the evergreen DON’T BREAK THE CHAIN calendar in pdf and jpg: