How To Achieve More Goals With A Simple Calendar On The Wall

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Achieve goals w/ calendar

Achieve goals w/ calendar

I just read a great article that I thought I should definitely write about. The article is about how to achieve your goals more effectively and how to be more productive using a useful calendar technique.

The main character here is the guy named Brad Isaac who can be found at his personal blog. Brad, to my surprise, happens to be once in the comic business. You know the kind of the stand-on-stage throwing jokes at the group of people. So, one night Brad met at one of the clubs a now-famous comedian, actor and writer Jerry Seinfeld.  Without any hesitation, Brad, knowing that Jerry was really good at being funny on the stage, asked him to give some tips to a young comic like Brad.

To be a better comic, Jerry said, one needs to create better jokes and the only way one can create better jokes is to write them every day.

Then Jerry reveals a unique calendar technique he has used to put pressure on himself to stay focused and continue writing jokes every day. The way you use this technique is as follows. You get a wall calendar, let’s say for 2009 (resources are provided below), and you hang it somewhere on the wall so that you can see and use it every day. Then, by using a red pen or a marker you just set a big X over the day you work hard. And the whole idea of course is to make the whole calendar X-ed. This is why he named the technique “Don’t Break The Chain” while emphasizing it.

So, here are the few tips for you to use the technique in order to achieve all your goals in 2009.

  1. First and foremost you download here a free printable 2009 calendar.
  2. Then, you hang it on the wall in front of you.
  3. Finally, begin marking every singly day with an X when you make a small step towards achieving your goal.

I agree with Brad on saying that “Daily action build habits. It gives you practice and will make you an expert in a short time … Small improvements accumulate into large improvements rapidly because daily action provides ‘compounding interest’ “.

However, remember if you skip one day it is easier to skip the next. It is like with everything else, which is why many people experience problems with their lack of self-esteem because they let themselves down too often.

If you are writing your thesis project or working on a business idea try to use the calendar technique. I also printed out a calendar from the site I provided you above and here is the snapshot of my calendar in action (I also worked on Jan 1st, 2009. So, all days are crossed ;)

My 2009 Calendar - Don't break the chain

My 2009 Calendar - Don't break the chain

I will post my end results at the end of 2009. So, I encourage you to do the same with me. Like Brad says let’s take action - even if it is small - every single day. And I guarantee you that in 3 month time you will feel blessed.

More resources for you:

  1. You can also download printable 2009 calendars at another site here if you’d like to have another format.
  2. There is also a nice digital calendar you can use with the same “Don’t Break The Chain” principle. It is a good alternative if you prefer to have such a calendar online. Or you can use both. You can find the tool at www.dontbreakthechain.com. Registration is free and easy. I have tested it and it works great!

Here is a snapshot of the site.

Frontpage of dontbreakthechain - Digital calendar

Frontpage of dontbreakthechain - Digital calendar

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7 Responses to “How To Achieve More Goals With A Simple Calendar On The Wall”

  1. KhanyoNo Gravatar says:

    January 9th, 2009 at 4:02 am

    Thanks so much for your guidelines… I am proud to tell you that i have passed my degree thruogh your help. Be blessed…

  2. VladimirChenNo Gravatar says:

    January 9th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Khanyo, I am so happy to have been of help to you. Congratulations and keep it up the good work! Let me know if there is anything I can help with.

  3. GolrangNo Gravatar says:

    January 10th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Dear Vladimir, I must thank you for the beautiful Christmas card. I am in the process of writing my thesis and untill now I have learnt alot from your lessons , and I will certainly use this calendar technique.
    Thank you :)

  4. lejore sibamoNo Gravatar says:

    January 12th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Dear Vladimir, thank you for your help from the beginning of research proposal until the end of my thesis project. I am very proud for you. God bless you and your family. After I complete my further study i plan how to do my work each day.
    Your partner lejore

  5. Tobias SchelleNo Gravatar says:

    January 14th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Great post Vladimir. Check this site out - you can make a customized, printable calendar: http://www.eprintable.com/

  6. VladimirChenNo Gravatar says:

    January 15th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Tobias, I just checked the eprintable site. Great resource. Thanks for sharing this nifty web resource.

  7. AngelaNo Gravatar says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Thank you very much for your advice! I’m preparing for the GMAT exam right now. You know, time is limited and I’m sure the calender would be of great help!

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