April 17

Following from my previous post, here goes my first Seinfeld Productivity Story…

The dry northern harmattan winds blew over Nii’s face as he calmly walked towards the kiosk in his sadly, filthy neighborhood. Nii had grown to hate everything about this place; its people, the streets, the dilapidated and menacing buildings, not even the greenery was spared from his hate.

If there was one thing he relished about the harmattan, it was the fact that, for most of the day, the stench no one else seems to have noticed from all the rubbish lying about was absent. All the moisture had evaporated and thus considerably reduced the smell.

Despite knowing this, he stench-o-meter could still pick up signals from all around him. Nii really hated this neighborhood. He didn’t understand how people could happily live in such a place.

He almost had a seizure the first time he had moved into the neighborhood with his dad following his mum’s death. His mum had always been the breadwinner and his dad could barely sustain a job because of his deteriorating health and incredible hospital bills.

His dad had been disgusted at the sight of their new neighborhood much like his son, but being the father he was, assured it was only temporary, they would move out within a matter of months. He had after all, recently landed a job that seemed to have considered sustaining him especially because of his health. It was one of the many corporations striving to stand out from the rest by discarding the widely held view of them as anti-humanists.

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So having read countless blogs talking about the best ways to be productive, a particular method keep coming up and so i decided to try it. Lifehacker calls it the Seinfeld Productivity Secret and it’s simply a “Don’t-break-the-chain” thing.

One simply gets a calendar and crosses an “X” on each day s/he is able to accomplish a goal. the idea is that, a continuous, flowing number of big red X’s boosts confidence to continue achieving that goal plus the added benefit of improving whatever it is one is doing, say writing, playing an instrument, working out, whatever. Practice does make perfect after all.

I started the same thing and while I won’t mention all the things I’m trying to achieve, I will mention that I am beginning to see results in some of them, the ones I’ve been able to do without breaking the chain.

Sadly, I have not been able to keep up with some other important ones such as writing a page everyday, reading a chapter everyday and, wait for it, studying everyday. (Yeah, i know..)

I had to dumb down the writing goal a bit and after much failure, tweaking and reflection, have decided to do like a short story everyday for an hour, finished or not. If whatever I’ve written excites me enough, I should continue later.

So far, I’ve written just once with a good excuse..I was on a mighty uncomfortable six hour journey so yeah. On the third day (today), I will write another short story ( I don’t think I can call them flash fiction despite how short they are but hey!).

So yeah, I hope this grooms me into a fine writer. I’ll post my first Seinfeld story in a bit.

Oh btw, I got this really basic but efficient Android app for managing my “don’t-break-the-chain” project. the app is aptly called MyChain and is available on the Play store. I hear a good one for iOS is ChainsCC.