– Robin Sharma
“When we give up on our dreams, we die while still alive.”
After reading every productivity hack in the book, I’ve found it: the answer to actually making my creative habit dreams a reality.
How can you make it work for you?
- Grab or print yearly calendar (free + paid options below) and buy, steal, or obtain a red pen. More on this to come.
- Pick the skill you want to acquire. You can only focus on ONE habit at a time, so make it a good one. (exercise, joke writing, playing ukulele, or just remembering to apply your teeth whitening treatment).
- Identify a daily action to practice that will produce results for you in that skill.
- Don’t confuse motion with action. Researching weight lifting ≠ exercise.
- Design the task to be simple to achieve.
- For example, if your goal is to write music, vow to write one just one line of lyrics a day.
- Alternatively, set a timer to spend 30 minutes doing creative work, even if that means banging your head against a blank computer screen the entire time.
- Post your newly acquired calendar on the wall in a highly visible area, like above your desk.
- Use aforementioned red pen to X off every day you spent time working towards your habit (even if it is just five minutes).
- Make the calendar bleed.
Full credit disclosure: This is a riff off of the ‘Seinfeld Calendar‘ technique. His advice is to not break the chain, but if you’re a human, the chain is going to break.
It is much more satisfying to make your calendar bleed, just like you are now doing for your art the regular.