This week I’m handing the mic over to Louise of BettyLouOnline.com who simply BOSSES it when it comes to ticking off your to-do list with ease and intention.
Today she’s going to talk us through the benefits of being accountable, four key ways to implement some accountability into your week, and how it can light that fire in you to get stuff done.
So, over to Louise!
When you run your own business and have to do everything yourself, it can be hard to get stuff finished. We have great ideas but they never see the light of day, or we put off the tasks we don’t want to do (tax return, anyone?!).
I see people struggling with this all the time, but the solution is actually pretty simple!
Allow me to explain, using myself as an example…
Eight months ago I had an idea. I thought it would be great to create an online quiz that helps people figure out their biggest block to productivity. Eight months ago!
So why did it take until last month to actually make that happen?
One word: Accountability.
I found someone who would make sure I followed through and got it done.
Accountability doesn’t work for everyone. Some people will just get stuff done regardless. But for those of us who aren’t great at following through if we have nobody to answer to, it can work a treat!
How do you know if you need some accountability in your life?
Do you recognise yourself in any of the following statements?
- I don’t like letting people down.
- It bothers me if someone else sees that I haven’t followed through with a commitment.
- I work better under pressure.
- I sometimes find it hard to get motivated.
- I need a deadline, otherwise it won’t get done.
If so, and you’re fed up of not making the progress you’d like, maybe it’s time you introduced some accountability into your life!
Working with a coach gave me the boost I needed, but there are other ways of doing this that won’t cost you a penny so don’t worry if that’s not an option for you just yet.
Here are my top four ways of harnessing the power of accountability
Get an accountability buddy
Find someone else who’s looking for accountability and agree to keep tabs on each other. Perhaps a weekly call is enough for you to keep each other on track, or maybe you’d prefer to keep in touch via email or WhatsApp at the end of every day. Agree on a format that works for you, and then start sharing your intentions and watch your productivity soar.
Have some fun finding a forfeit that would motivate you to get things done! For instance, you could commit to cleaning your partner’s car or allowing your best friend to set you up with a blind date if you don’t do the thing you said you would do. Or how’s this for a genius idea, taken from Gretchen Rubin’s books; A mother told her son that if he didn’t see her exercising every day he didn’t have to do his homework! You could use forfeits with your accountability buddy, or enlist a friend or family member to keep you honest!
Make a public declaration
Take to the ‘airwaves’ and tell everyone what you’re going to achieve today/this week/this month. One example of this is the ‘Accountability Corner’ in my Facebook group. Each week I invite the group to tell us what they’d like to achieve that week. Then I check in with them to see how they got on. Knowing you’ll have to explain yourself if you don’t do it can be a great motivator!
Tell your audience what you’re working on
This one is genius! If you’ve been wanting to create something in your business but never seem to get around to it, tell your audience you’re working on it. As well as giving you the accountability you need to get it done, this can also create a buzz amongst your followers and help you see if there’s an appetite for what you’re doing.
If you’re feeling really brave, you could even start selling the thing you want to develop before it exists! I’ve seen a few highly respected business owners do that lately and it’s worked beautifully. You’d need to be clear from the outset about what you’re selling and how it would benefit people, but that’s a good place to start when you’re creating something new, right?
The bottom line
When you run your own business there’s often nobody to answer to but yourself. Getting some external accountability, whether from a friend, business buddy or the wider community really can light a fire under you!
Do you find you need accountability in your working week? What does that look like for your business? Leave your comment below!