There has been a lot of talk lately about Jerry Seinfeld, and the Seinfeldian Chain. For those of you who don’t know, the Seinfeldian chain is the first technical term for the habit-tracking system where you mark off days on a calendar with an x for each day you complete a predefined action. The idea is to not break the chain, and the only way to do that is to keep doing that action, until it becomes a habit. This concept is named after Sienfeld when he explained that he used this technique to force himself to write new comedy material.
Seems like a cool idea, but it is not feasible for people who want to track more than 1-2 things at a time, as most of us do not have an abundance of calendars lying around. If you are like me and want to track more than that, I suggest using Joe’s Goals. I reviewed Joe’s Goals a couple months ago as a great “daily goals” tracker. Daily goals being things such as “don’t drink soda” or “exercise each day”. Most of these are the same type of thing you would put on your calendar, which makes Joe’s Goals a great substitute for using a real calendar.
Instead of displaying the entire month, Joe’s Goals only displays the past 7 days. This might be a problem for some people, but it fits me fine, and allows the user to fit 7-8 things on one page.