I found an interesting bit of productivity advice from Jerry Seinfeld on Lifehacker the other day… get a big calendar, Seinfeld says, “one that has a whole year on a single page,” and hang it on a prominent wall. Then get a big red magic marker.
For each day that you complete an allotted portion of whatever task you’ve set out to accomplish, put a big red X over that day on the calendar. “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.”
After that, your only job: “Don’t break the chain.”