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Ash RoyMay 6, 2013 10:38:04 PM1 min read

Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity hack and the streaks app

I recently came across this very interesting article on the Lifehacker website and was reminded of the Streaks app – something I’ve been meaning to share with you for a long time!

It's one of the most effective ways to build great habits — something I spoke to James Clear about when we discussed his book Atomic Habits. I recommend checking out the conversation. 

Anyway, in the article, Brad Issac talks about how he once met Jerry Seinfeld backstage and asked him the secret to his great material.

Jerry 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.

Jerry had a big yearly wall calendar and each day Jerry wrote, he put a big X against 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.”

So there you have it. The secret to Seinfeld’s productivity.

Enter Streaks … an iPhone app that holds you accountable to your goals … and motivates you to keep the streak going.

So you don’t break the chain!

I have been using streaks for 66 days now and can testify to the power of the practice! It really works. The longer the streak the deeper the habit and the more you are likely to stick to it!

Key Benefits:

  • Multiple calendars for multiple goals
  • Icon badge denotes the current streak of the first calendar
  • Track your current, longest, and past streaks
  • Add personal notes to each day
  • Great for writing, exercising, quitting smoking, and any good habit you want to cultivate.

Get the Streaks app at the iTunes store for $1.99

Note: The equivalent app on the Android is called Habit Streak

Check out the Streaks for iPhone app live in the video below:


Ash Roy

Ash Roy has spent over 15 years working in the corporate world as a financial and strategic analyst and advisor to large multinational banks and telecommunications companies. He suffered through a CPA in 1997 and completed it despite not liking it at all because he believed it was a valuable skill to have. He sacrificed his personality in the process. In 2004 he finished his MBA (Masters In Business Administration) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and loved it! He scored a distinction (average) and got his personality back too!