Tales of a PO: Week 3 and 4 – Don’t Break the Chain

Being productive has to be one of life’s hardest things to accomplish and even though we have this amazing thing called computers to help keep us productive it can really do just the opposite. Thanks a lot internet.

Focus is the topic today.

What are you focusing on and is it the most important thing? There are about 4 million distractions out in the world and they’re all aimed at you. Email, phone calls, text message, instant messages, music, advertising, etc. You name it’s out there and it has your name on it. How do you entice yourself to not get distracted?

Seinfeld actually had a solution to help with this:

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.”P

“Don’t break the chain,” he said again for emphasis.


It’s the same in the product world. What’s your key activity that takes you a step further in validating your business model? Do that everyday in some way.

And another great quote:

“If you know you have to swallow a frog, swallow it first thing in the morning. If there are two frogs, swallow the big one first.”
-Mark Twain

Fleetwood Mac – The Chain