When you are trying to get things done you can sometimes be your own worst enemy. You procrastinate like mad. Suddenly de-fluffing your sweater is the most important thing on your list right now.
Even when you are tackling the important stuff it can be hard to keep motivation levels high when a long project is involved. You don’t feel you are making progress, you forget your goals, go off at tangents and generally get bogged down.
That is when a partner in crime can help. Finding a friend who can become an accountability partner is a great technique to help you get through work.
The concept is that you share your goals for a set time period with each other then check in to see how you are getting on.
You might want to check in on a daily basis or if you are working solidly on a long project you might want to check in every hour or two.
You want to make sure you are equally tough on each other. If you are both too understanding then you will get nothing done and still feel all warm and cozy. The idea is that someone else is holding you accountable for doing what you said you would.
If you have a group of friends you can have multiple accountability partners and have a group check in.
This pairs up really well with an action day. Just watch you don’t get too chatty or you lose the benefit.
If you choose to have an action morning with accountability partners it might look something like this
- 9:00am Check in (10-20mins)– share goals for the day, and what you will have done by the next check in, and what your reward will be when you complete your goals
- 10:00am Check in – share progress so far. What is blocking you – ask for help, what will you have done by next check in
- 11:00am another check in – progress shared and check on track to meet goals for morning.
- 12noon Share your successes and get going with the rewards
So if you want to get really focused try an accountability partner or two. Who would yours be?