I Hear the Universe Laughing...

I'm blogging over at TOFW.com on Tuesdays for the next little while, and I've been spending a lot of time thinking about how my life right now relates to the 2012 theme, "Seek the Good." Don't get me wrong - my life is wonderful. I'm very blessed. But I also know, there are so many ways I can improve. And I've been a little bit consumed thinking of all the ways I can improve. Especially when it comes to the day-to-day things I want (and should be) doing every day.

Not long ago, I came across an awesome productivity secret from Jerry Seinfeld. Yes, that Jerry Seinfeld.

The details are in this blog post, but his advice was to come up with task or a goal you are trying to accomplish, get a big calendar, and then...

"He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. "After a few days you'll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You'll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain."

 Don't break the chain. Seems simple, right?
My new chain is a goal I have to only drink water every day. No soda. I knew this would be difficult, but I was committed.
I made it through the entire day yesterday, and was feeling super proud of myself.
Big mistake, deciding to go ahead and feel proud of myself after one day.
You know the saying, "Make plans, and the Universe laughs"? That's kind of how I felt today. For a variety of reasons, I already broke the chain.
Normally, I would beat myself up about failing at something so quickly, but I'm trying to seek the good in myself and be a bit kinder to myself. And the great thing is, I can start the chain again tomorrow. I'll keep you posted on how the chain is going.

So, how do you establish new habits or accomplish goals? I'd love to hear more ideas from you in the comments below.

P.S. Here's another great blog post by someone else who used the Jerry Seinfeld "Don't Break the Chain" idea.