Try This Fast Tip To Get Unstuck & Actually Make Progress

By Paul Milano

Ever struggle to get started on something?


You know what you want to do and how to do it but you struggle to get any momentum or action towards doing it?

When we feel stagnant, like we’re not getting anywhere, life can suck.

What can we do when this happens?

My wife and I just welcomed our first child and daughter to this world recently. It’s been an action-packed few weeks dedicated to her every need, but she just turned one month old and we are starting to figure things out.

The chaos of a newborn in the house has started to turn more into a routine. Which means our sleep and time have slowly started to come back a little bit.

This has made me want to pick back up on some of the projects I was working on.

The problem? I’m massively struggling to build any momentum on anything.

Part of the issue is it just seems so daunting to get everything going again after taking some time away and learning to function on less sleep.

I want to share with you a technique I’ve read about and have been putting into action to get past this. It’s a productivity tip Jerry Seinfeld uses when he’s working on projects or writing.


It’s called Don’t Break the Chain – and here is how it works.


1. Grab a daily a calendar and write down what the goal or project is you want to work on but are feeling stuck.

2. Now all you need to do is put any amount of time towards your goal each day. Then cross that day off with an X.


It can be 1 minute, 5 minutes or 60 minutes, but the key is not to break the chain.

For example, I’ve been meaning to write a massive guide on remote work.

Working for over 2 years full time remote, I’ve got a bit of expertise on how to do it, how to get and negotiate it with your boss and how to be successful (and still get promotions) while doing it.

Having lacked any momentum on writing this recently… I started using the technique above.

I literally wrote one sentence for this guide yesterday… But I didn’t break the chain! It seems like nothing but hell, it’s one sentence less I have to write tomorrow.

By not attaching any specific amount of work to complete, it makes the whole thing less daunting when you’re trying to build momentum.

As stupid as it may sound, you will want to keep crossing those days out. It’s addicting and will keep your momentum building.

This is also why this has to be done with a PHYSICAL calendar, not a digital one. It’s simply not as satisfying otherwise.

One of the biggest ways to create more joy, result, and excitement in your life is to create momentum towards something.

It’s one of our scientifically proven triggers to happiness.

If you’re feeling stuck on anything your doing, go buy the cheapest monthly calendar you can find and try this out.

Try to see how long you can keep the chain going.



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