Monday Musings: A Lesson from Jerry Seinfeld

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Have you heard about the ONE productivity lesson Jerry Seinfeld learned early on in his career that has lead to his success? Recently I came across an article that referenced Seinfeld and his secret to a productive career as a comic by consistently working on his goals one day at a time and not breaking the chain of productivity. What does this mean?

According to Seinfeld, to become a better comedian, you have to write your jokes every day so that you can perfect your skill. His advice is to take a big calendar that has all the days of the year on one page as well as a marker. Once you’ve completed a task related to a goal, put a big red X on that day. Keep this going every day and keep plotting your Xs on each day. After a few weeks, you will have visual proof that you have been sticking to your goals and you are working toward it a little at a time (the BEST way to work toward any goal). Keep this up and don’t break the chain of productivity by stopping at any point. That is the secret to his success! No wonder we like him so much. The funny man works hard and works daily to do what he loves to do.

What is it that YOU love to do? As a small business owner, at times we get tired and a little lazy at our craft. I know I’ve been there. But the best way to produce great work and keep getting better at your craft is to do something about it every day. A little at a time. It takes you far. Regardless of the type of business that you run, the Seinfeld method of being productive can work for you.

I have to share with you that I have a bad habit of eating lunch out often. Too often. Not only is it not healthy, but it is also a big waste of money. I am happy to report that I have been packing my lunch from home every single day for the last week and 1 day. Yes, that one day matters because it proves to me that I am still trying. Even though it’s only been one week and 1 day, I am proud of myself and I know that I’ve saved enough money already to put towards that awesome House of Flynn bag that I’ve been eyeing for a while now. 🙂

Give it a try. Get a calendar similar to this one from Amazon, (or make it a fun project and create one yourself-perhaps with some help from the little ones in your life) and begin your journey to be productive today! I wish you the very best as you move forward with your goals-big or small.

XO

Nilo

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