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We are in the midst of s series about achieving your goals (see the first post and my to-do list at Tip # 1: Make a Monday List.)
This week I want to talk about the next most important ingredient in getting things done after making a list: Accountability.
When we find someone to hold us accountability to our goals, suddenly tasks that looked like they would take hours are broken down into minutes. Goals that have been dragging on our to do list for years suddenly are dusted off and have energy around them.
If you struggle with accountability in your own life, here are a few ways to have light – and not so light accountability in your list:
Post it on Facebook This is your lowest form of accountability. Post it on Facebook and tell people what you are working on. Somebody may – or may not – follow up. But just knowing that some random friend may ask is enough to keep most of us on task. This is good for things like getting the laundry done and finishing up a school project.
Email Someone The next lowest form of accountability, email gives you a way to reach out to people and say, “I need you to check up on me!” This is good for projects that need to be completed today. Only email people who “get” this form of accountability. This usually isn’t to taxing to the person you are asking help from – and you may be able to return the favor on the spot.
Call Someone This is great for urgent accountability – You have to send an email to someone that you don’t want to “engage” with or you need to get a project started and you don’t know where to begin. A phone call with a trusted friend is a great way to be able to brainstorm and have accountability for those hairy projects – school costumes that you don’t want to leave until the last minute, asking for accountability for doing bills for an hour (and you’ll call at the end of the hour to let them know how it goes.)
Meet Up with Someone I’m sitting in the middle of a Panera sipping iced tea with my friend Cheri. We both have big projects that we need to get started, and we knew that we if we could just get together and hash it out, we would be able to hammer it out. What we budgeted for two days of work we got done in two hours because we worked on it together.
Join a Group This is high level accountability. Think about running groups and Weight Watchers.
Make meal plans for the month of July (including trying two new healthy menu options)
Cook ahead two weeks of meals
Plan family party for Disney World (we are getting together to discuss our plans for our trip in November)
Plan an anniversary date with Roger
Walk 1 Mile, 3xs
Reread A Confident Heart (this time with a highlighter and my journal)
Outline future book: The Good Girl’s Guide to Breaking Bad Rules
Write three chapters for current book
Next Names of God study
Read Chapter 1 of A Celebration of Discipline
And just for my own accountability, here is how I did on my goals last time:
Done Make meal plans for the month of June (including trying two new healthy menu options)
Done Research backyard shade solutions
Done Plan June Birthday parties/Father’s Day
Done Plan a date with Roger for Washington
Done Walk 1 Mile, 3xs (Did this every week except one…)
Done Finish my speaker page
Done Names of God study
Done Extended Quite Time on Wednesday
Q4U: Post one thing that you want accountability for. Just one item on your list. Put it in the comments below and one of you will win a copy of The Me Project
She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.