Workplace Hack: Jerry Seinfeld’s Don’t Break the Chain Method

Habits and routine are a huge part of productivity. Once you make a habit out of doing your regular chores, you’ll find they become easier to do. But how exactly do you turn a chore into a habit?

The “Don’t Break the Chain” method of productivity is based on a piece of advice given to software developer Brad Isaac by the one and only Jerry Seinfeld…

When Isaac bumped into Seinfeld at a comedy club, he couldn’t resist asking for some advice for a budding young comedian.

Seinfeld told Isaac to get a big wall calendar and red marker pen…

“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.’”

Isaac has been using the Don’t Break the Chain Method ever since and hasn’t looked back.

To follow this workplace hack, simply follow Seinfeld’s advice. Of course, the Don’t Break the Chain method isn’t limited to writing. It could be any task you need to complete on a daily basis or something even more vague, like completing a task on your to do list.

Not breaking the chain will become your motivation for doing your task every day and before you know it, your daily task will become as routine as brushing your teeth or your morning cup of coffee.

Have you tried the Don’t Break the Chain method? Share your experiences in the comments below.


This hack is part of a series of weekly workplace hacks that teaches you about collaboration, productivity and time saving tips. Published every Wednesday.

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