Take Jerry Seinfeld's Advice About Maintaining Habits: "Don't Break The Chain"
Starting a new habit is hard enough; keeping it's another matter entirely. James Clear has an answer to this problem - and he has Jerry Seinfeld to thank for it.
They become fights we need to win. It's exhausting and only too often, self-defeating.
So, drawing on advice from comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Clear recommends this: simply mark out the days on the calendar when we actually do what we say we are going to do - and switch the goal to progressively getting as many days in a row as we can.
The focus will shift away from the habit itself and on to the number of days we have crossed off. It then becomes an issue of minimising the number of days that are not crossed off - rather than obsess fruitlessly over the task-at-hand.
This is what Clear calls, "Don't Break The Chain".
"Whatever the habit is you're trying to build, " says Clear, "This type of feedback, It gives you a visual cue, a long-term motivator to see that on the wall and to look at the progress you have made."