What is the Seinfeld Strategy?
The Seinfeld Strategy is:
“The way to become a better comic is to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes is to write every day” – Jerry Seinfeld.
In simple understanding, we can take the Seinfeld Strategy as:
“To overcome procrastination, you have to get things done and the way to do it is to ‘start doing something every day”.
How does Seinfeld Strategy work?
- You need to have a big calendar that has enough blocks/space between each date in a month.
- Have a Red-Marker with you.
- For each day, on completing your task, you get to put a Big Red-Cross over that day on the calendar. It marks your task completion and acknowledges that you have done something.
- After a few days of following this, you can see a chain of “X” on the calendar.
- Keep maintaining the chain of “X”. People fix the chain length for a few days, one week, one month, etc. You can pick your choice of convenience
- Don’t break the Chain. This is the rule. Keep at it. You can visibly see the chain growing in length. It means you are accomplishing consistently instead of procrastinating.
It’s one of the easiest and highly effective strategies to overcome procrastination. No second thoughts.
Seinfeld Strategy works best for overcoming procrastination.
Here is why:
- Consistency is the key to break procrastination habit. Seinfeld's strategy brings that consistency right away. It focuses on “Not breaking the Chains” and nothing about “Results”.
- Seinfeld strategy steers you towards the ‘Process’ of doing and ‘Not Performance’. It is not about brilliance, inspiration, or high performance. It is about being consistent with a process. This “Process over Performance” will be helpful for people suffering from low self-esteem, low self-confidence, and procrastination.