You have goals. You have plans. You have a to-do list. Great. Awesome. You’re super!
I have goals. I have plans. I have a to-do list. I have not been great. I have not been awesome. I have not been super. I’ve been in a slump. This is a lack-of-focus slump. I am all over the place right now – starting lots of things, then not finishing them.
Having a to-do list is great, but it’s only the first step.
How in the world do you ensure you actually do stuff? For that, you need to keep yourself accountable. There are a few techniques you can use – I’ll tell you what I do.
I have been struggling recently to finish things, and to not drift into a Simpson’s or Frasier marathon. (One episode, just one more, that’s all I need…) So I searched all of my resources looking for help, and this concept popped up. I now use a Daily Accountability Form (I have it bookmarked as Accountabil-a-Buddy)
I stole the idea from Noah Kagan (who stole it from someone else) to create an accountability form. He uses it for marketing efforts with his team – it looks something like this:
|My Neatly Organized Responses to Myself|
- How good do you feel about your day? (1-10)
- What were three things you accomplished today?
- What is one thing you could have done better?
- Did you write something today? (Yes/No)
- Did you eat 1 salad today? (Yes/No)
- How good was your day really? (1-10)
What to Include in your Accountabil-a-buddy questions
|My Desired Habits at a snapshot in time|
Set up your own Accountabil-a-buddy
- Perform an audit of your current, desired, and potentially slipping habits
- Choose one to three of them that you’d like to focus on this month
- Create a Google Form with your questions (if you don’t know how, watch the video below)
- Bookmark the input form – make it #1 on your bookmarks bar
- Set up a reminder to do this daily (Any.do, Google Calendar, Outlook, Phone alarm, A note hanging above your bed, whatever)
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