I love setting goals. But I also fail at achieving them. And what I’ve found over the years is that goal-setting is easy. Goal-getting is tough. Surprise that, huh?!
That is one of the main reasons I love sharing how I’m doing with them. The achievements or the lack of them. **smiling**
Accountability= Secret to Productivity
Being accountable to another person about how you’re doing with your goals is a great way to get productive. Whether it is about meeting a project deadline or going for that excruciating workout in the evening, I know that when I have to answer to someone, even if that someone is my dearly beloved husband, I get my butt moving. Literally.
You can set goals all you like but if you aren’t going to act on them, take steps to realize them, you might as well, box them up and forget about them all together.
When you’re accountable, you’re sort of forced into productive behavior. You know that if you don’t take action, you’re going to be embarrassed when you tell your accountability partner about your progress or lack of it, thereof.
I don’t know about you, but I hate the feeling you get when you KNOW that you didn’t do what you could do because you were too busy doing something that didn’t matter. Make sense?
How to Get Accountable
“Every excuse I ever heard made perfect sense to the person who made it. ” ― Dr. Daniel T. Drubin
They say, the hardest part is taking the first step. I agree. Getting accountable is not easy. Not only do you need an accountability partner who would not let you slack off, you also need to get into the mindset of really taking action and stopping the excuses.
So, how do you start?
- Find someone who you trust and who maybe, has the same goal as you. Then, you can both keep each other accountable.
- Ask. Yes, ask. Accountability partners aren’t mind-readers and don’t pop up, volunteering their services very often. So, asking is a good idea. It can be a spouse, a friend, a colleague, a member of a mastermind group, a community.
- Share your goal and how you would achieve it.
- Set timelines and deadlines, and schedule regular meetings with your accountability buddy to share how you’re going.
- Share your progress, honestly.
Do YOU think accountability can help you get productive? Do you have an accountability partner? Tell me in the comments.