How to Turn Hopes into Habits

 


 

 
Here is a simple yet powerful tool to establish habits, learn a skill, or complete a project.  I used it to reinforce my daily meditation practice and to write two books.
The method is as old as procrastination but has been attributed recently to billionaire comedian Jerry Seinfeld, as in this frequently cited LifeHacker article, where it is called Don’t Break the Chain. I prefer positive instructions, so let’s name it Link-a-Day.

Buy or make a simple, clean one-year calendar. Do not just print your Outlook or Google calendar; those have too many distracting details for this purpose. You can start your own on any date and fit 365 days on one sheet by downloading my template here in Excel format or use the Google Sheets version here.

Print your calendar and place it in the physical world rather than hide it in a computer or app where it can be too easily ignored. Hang it where you will see it every day. I put mine on the wall right next to my computer monitor.

After you complete the promised activity for the day, mark it complete. When you miss a day or two, start again. No regrets, no excuses. Just start again. You can play games with Link-a-Day by playing for a longer unbroken chain or a shorter gap than last time.

That’s it. As Aristotle observed, a person is what she consistently does. Use this to start doing something you will be proud to be.
 


 

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Business Owners Should Read Novels

Business Owners Should Read Novels

 

We are, therefore, wisely framed to be as warmly interested for a fictitious as for a real personage. The field of imagination is thus laid open to our use and lessons may be formed to illustrate and carry home to the heart every moral rule of life. Thus a lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics and divinity that ever were written. This is my idea of well-written Romance, of Tragedy, Comedy and Epic poetry.

–Thomas Jefferson
Letter to N. Burwell, 1818, 2390

 


 

See also on this blog, Why I review novels on a blog for business owners

 


 

The One Experience That Proves You Are an Entrepreneur • PODCAST

The One Experience That Proves You Are an Entrepreneur • PODCAST

 


 

Click here for Tony Mayo's podcastIf you haven’t done this, don’t claim you are an entrepreneur. If you have, let’s get together.

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Executive Coach’s One Question Quiz for Incipient Entrepreneurs • PODCAST

Executive Coach’s One Question Quiz for Incipient Entrepreneurs • PODCAST

 


 

Click here for Tony Mayo's podcastDo you know the most crucial resource for starting a company? Find out here, from the Business Owner’s Executive Coach

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Recommended Video Conference & Webinar Service

I’ve been happily using Zoom to host my webinars and video conferences for a few weeks now. The service is solid and their tech support is outstanding: prompt, clear, and playful. If you are fed-up with Skype, GoToMeeting, or WebEx –I’ve tried ’em all– give Zoom a try.

Please help me by using my referral link here. I don’t know what Zoom’ll give me if you become a customer but I assure you their payment doesn’t affect my willingness to endorse Zoom or my relationship with you.

 


 

Three Kinds of Entrepreneurs • PODCAST

Three Kinds of Entrepreneurs • PODCAST

 


 

Click here for Tony Mayo's podcastIs your company a job, a business, or a scalable, repeatable entrepreneurial process?

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You Are Not Your Results • PODCAST

You Are Not Your Results • PODCAST

 


 

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In the late 1960s, an MIT student went to a meditation class by Philip Kapleau, author of the classic, The Three Pillars of Zen. The student only went because his Ph.D. advisor had invited the speaker to campus.

No word on whether Roshi Kapleau was discouraged to see only four listeners in the large lecture hall, the organizer, his student, and two others. We do know that he effectively delivered his message because that student became Jon Kabat-Zinn, the most influential promoter, teacher, and scientific researcher of meditation in the history of the West.

It is not a speaker’s job to judge the audience. We save the world one speech, sometimes one listener, at a time.

The Dunning-Kruger Effect and the Entrepreneur • PODCAST

The Dunning-Kruger Effect and the Entrepreneur • PODCAST

 


 

Click here for Tony Mayo's podcastThis common psychological error leads to blame and stagnation. Here’s how to notice it & avoid it.

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How to Work with Facts and Opinions • PODCAST

How to Work with Facts and Opinions • PODCAST

 


 

Click here for Tony Mayo's podcastFacts are useful. Opinions help, too. Knowing one from the other will help you get more work done with more people. Here’s why.

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What is Easy? • PODCAST

What is Easy? • PODCAST

 


 

Click here for Tony Mayo's podcastThe ancient sages knew that the easy answers were the least useful. Executive coaches know that, too.

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What Happened vs What’s Next: Late Work Product • PODCAST

What Happened vs What’s Next: Late Work Product • PODCAST

 


 

Click here for Tony Mayo's podcastLearn the most effective way to respond to late deliveries and work products.

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