For some time I have been trying to develop useful daily habits in a quest for self-improvement.
- exercising daily,
- learning a new language and
- finishing my masterpiece.
A bad way to learn a new skill or form a new habit is to have a short-lived exuberance of enthusiasm before returning to the old you. This has been my usual strategy.
This boom-bust cycle is deflating and makes the next effort even harder.
Doing a little each day and tracking progress appears to be quite successful at maintaining motivation.
Supernifty’s habit-forming tool can help out with this.
Set your goals, then click in the appropriate day when you complete a goal. Simple.
If you’re like me, or Jerry Seinfeld, then you are well on your way to cementing some valuable habits.
Stars and Streaks and Jerry Seinfeld
The story goes that Jerry Seinfeld needed a way to keep himself motivated when writing, so came up with the “Don’t break the chain” method. Each day he would draw a line on his calendar to indicate that he had done a little comedy writing that day.
After a short time, the motivation became to keep the chain going.
Soon after, Jerry Seinfeld had created one of the most popular sitcoms of all time.
Supernifty’s goal tracking tool shows a “streak” statistic to emulate this idea. Keep the streak going! Be like Jerry!
Long Term Progress
One motivating factor in the habit-forming game is to try to maintain or improve my performance compared to previous weeks.
Click on “All weeks” to see how your habit-forming is progressing. It’s also easy to filter on a specific habit.
If you’ve had trouble forming new habits in the past, then this goal tracking tool could be the ticket.
This same web page includes a tool to track how you spend your time – just hide this if you are only interested in the goal tracker.
Feedback is always welcome. If you have ideas or thoughts, or it has helped you out, let us know!