Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Hack: Don’t Break the Chain!

Bob Baker
3 min readApr 29, 2019

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When Jerry Seinfeld was an up-and-coming comedian, he made a commitment to write one joke a day.

Not an entire routine or monologue. Just one funny line.

He had a big calendar of the whole year on a wall in his apartment. Every time he wrote a joke, he put a red X on that date.

Before long he had a growing chain of red X’s on the calendar — a visual reminder of the consistent work he put in.

Seinfeld once shared the story of his calendar and the chain of red X’s with a young comic. His main advice:

Don’t break the chain!

Do something related to your craft every day, no matter how small the action is.



Bob Baker

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