The Seinfeld Strategy is a simple but powerful way to stay motivated, especially when it comes to first developing a new habit. The strategy comes from some advice comedian Jerry Seinfeld gave someone once about how to stay motivated and consistent in your work.
He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker. He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. “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,” he said again for emphasis.
So the strategy itself is simple:
When it comes to building a new habit and staying motivated to follow through on a new goal or commitment, the idea of social support is pretty common. You’ll often hear the advice to get an “accountability buddy” or something similar. While the idea of recruiting positive social support to stay motivated is a good idea in principle, most people make two big mistakes:
Paying down credit card debt and balances is one of the necessary steps to building wealth. It is one of the first areas you should focus on once you have your budget template set up. Making credit card payments is a necessity when it comes to how to fix your credit yourself. By paying down your debt and eliminating that monthly expense, you are slowly building up purchasing power with your money. Think of the old saying it takes money to make money. In order to truly increase household wealth, you need to have capital available to put towards wealth building actions. That is why it is so important to make credit card payments part of your monthly budget as a fixed expense. Once that fixed monthly expense has been eliminated, you can re-purpose that money for other strategies.
What is a vision board? It’s all about visualization and seeing what you want to happen. Create a physical board of quotes, images of your ideas of success, and things you want to achieve and put your vision board right over your study area. Your vision board will keep you motivated and remind you of the reasons why you are studying.
If you think cleaning is just a giant pain, because no one appreciates it, or pointless because it will just get dirty again, you’re looking at it all wrong. When your living space is tidy, your mind and soul are more at peace. Clutter and messy surroundings affect your happiness. Don’t believe me? Check out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. When you start keeping your living space clean, you will have pride of ownership in your belongings. You’ll enjoy spending time at home, and feel relaxed when you’re there. The joy of kicking back in a tidy home just can’t be beat! If you stop looking at cleaning as a ‘chore’ and instead think of it as treating you (and your future self) with kindness, it takes on a whole new meaning. That’s not my kitchen, but a girl can dream!
“Rewarding yourself in the running process can help you stay motivated,” Velazquez says. Depending on what time you plan to run during the day, try motivating yourself with the promise of your favorite breakfast, a latte on the way to work, a glass of wine with dinner, or an evening binge-watching a new TV show. Having something to look forward to after your run can help you find the energy to lace up and get out the door.
App notifications, calls, emails, etc.. All these things are distractions that keep stoping you from finishing the task at hand, which results in your tasks piling up, which in turn causes you to lose motivation because your list never seems to get any smaller and you always have a lot to do and not enough time. (That’s me!) So when you sit down to work on something, make sure to turn all these things off, so they don’t distract you away from the big goal you are working on. Try the Pomodoro Technique of working in 25-minute blocks at a time, without being interrupted or distracted by anything, giving the task at hand your undivided attention.
Nothing gets you motivated to run like signing up for a race. A race gives you something to work toward and look forward to. Plus, “having a race training schedule is one of the best ways to spark intention and clarity for individual runs,” Moore says. To set yourself up for success, choose a distance and course that will challenge you, but not completely overwhelm you. If you’ve never run longer than a 5K, for example, you may not want to sign up for a marathon just yet. Most importantly, make sure the race sounds fun, either because of the location, the cause, or the atmosphere. You’ll be much more motivated to train for an event you genuinely want to participate in.
One of the best ways to keep motivated is to create a reason or deeper meaning for your studies. Take a moment to remember why you are taking this class. Is it to move higher in your current career, change careers, or finally get that degree you’ve always wanted? Fitting individual tasks and therefore courses into your big picture of your life path will help you stay motivated, positive and focused.
It’s easy to come up with excuses not to run, but what if you started using running as your excuse to do something else you’ve been curious about? You might want to try using a heart monitor during a cardio workout, for example, or maybe you’re dying to listen to a popular true-crime podcast. Or maybe you’ve been itching to sample the espresso from the new coffee shop on the corner. Running is a great excuse to indulge your other interests and passions. Go on a run to test out your new workout gear, listen to a juicy audiobook, or explore a part of town you’re not familiar with.