nicolas @ uucidl

motivation-hacking (activity tracking)

February 14, 2010 by nicolas, tagged motivation and activity, filed under projects

An experiment in motivation-hacking

In the spirit of: … ity-secret

One night I was in the club where Seinfeld was working, and before he went on stage, I saw my chance. I had to ask Seinfeld if he had any tips for a young comic. (…)

He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. (…)

He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.

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," he said again for emphasis.

And so this daily tracking page was born. It shows the overall activity of our code trees. Each day a commit has been performed, the day will be darkened. As the number of updated files grows, so does the darkness of each square.

Do something every day and you will progress. Do it for a long time and you will become an expert.