Thursday, 7 February 2013

Don't Break the Chain - January catchup

Don't Break the Chain is an idea from Jerry Seinfeld, who set himself a target of writing something new every single day of the year. For each day that he managed it he could put a big red cross on a 365 day calendar he'd made for himself, and over time that chain of red crosses would grow. By missing a day the chain would be broken and he'd have to start again. The challenge is to not break the chain.

I started this at the beginning of the year, and as you can see I've managed to put a cross (or in my case, a shaded block. It's still red though!) on for about half the time. So far the longest chain I've managed is ten days in a row.

I've set myself some criteria over what qualifies for a crossed off day. As long as it's something new, whether it be a short story, part of a novel or a blog post, then it qualifies. I'm glad for this because I think it's my blog posts that have been carrying me through.

For February I'm going to see if I can beat my streak of 10!

Is anyone else doing this? How are you getting on?



  1. I started using this method for the first time this year too! I think it really helps keep me focused. I did well in January, but I've already missed a day this month. That's okay though, as I'm getting back on track!

    Good luck to you!

    1. This tool has shown me which days I usually miss, I've definitely noticed a pattern. Now I can work on making my schedule better.

      Good luck with your chain!