You might be thinking, “What in the world does Seinfeld’s calendar have to do with writing?” It’s simple. He, too, is a writer. A writer of comedy. He knows how to make people laugh. He was so good he even got his own TV show that went on for years. Personally, I was never a fan of him or his show, but millions of people were and still are, so much so that his show remained on for years.
Here’s the thing. Did he become popular overnight or do you think he worked at it several years while he grew and perfected his craft. Obviously, that should be a rhetorical question. Very few become famous over night. It takes years of dedication and hard work to succeed.
So let’s get back to Seinfeld’s calendar. This is someone who decided that in order to become good he need to write at least one joke per day. But how did he hold himself accountable? He did it by use a great big wall calendar. When he wrote his joke for the day, he put a red X through that day. After a while, he had this chain linking one day to the next. His chain never broke. “He figured his job was to keep that chain going.”
I want to be like Seinfeld and do a little bit of writing, or editing, or both, each and every day. Just think of what you could accomplish in one year. Now the challenging part is to get in the habit of doing just this. 😎