A new year (hopefully) means a new age – and that calls for a reevaluation of your accountability skills. From fulfilling little promises to performing your job duties on time, accountability is a vital skill that yields wonderful results, both in your personal and work life.
Have you found yourself struggling in this regard? Here are 4 ways we believe you can develop accountability throughout the rest of 2019!
Keep A Planner.
An organized person is generally more likely to demonstrate greater accountability skills than someone who’s constantly muddled. When you keep a planner that lays out all of your weekly responsibilities, engagements, events, and duties, you stand a higher chance of staying on top of things rather than being forgetful all the time.
If you’re not one to keep or maintain a planner, write your daily to-do lists on multiple sticky notes and place them all over your monitor, fridge or bedroom. At least, they’ll be there to stare at you until you get them all done!
Get An Accountability Partner:
We’re sure you have tons of goals and resolutions for the next twelve months, but how do you hold yourself accountable when no one’s watching? Studies have shown that we are much more likely to take action if someone is taking note and tracking our goals. With that said, carefully pick one or two people you trust and ask them to be your accountability partner(s) for the year.
Whether your dream is to get in shape by the summer or draw closer to God, it helps a great deal when your goals are shared with friends who can keep you in check and motivate you along the way.
The flexible nature of accountability partnerships is a big plus too, so make sure that you and your partner can shape a model to fit your needs.
Reward Yourself When You Win
There’s only one thing better than reaching your goals, and that’s getting rewarded for it!
Treat yourself every time you reach a milestone in your accountability journey, and don’t be afraid to let other people do the spoiling, too. This is a great way to stay motivated, hopeful and charged up for future achievements. For example, if you fulfill your promise to stop being a workaholic and actually spend time with your loved ones more, reward yourself with a gift, meal or experience you’ve always wanted.
Review Your Performance Periodically
If you really want to be held accountable, you have to constantly keep yourself in check.
Create a journal or diary that tracks your progress (or regress) each day, week, or month. In this way, you are able to identify your weak points, analyze what works and what doesn’t, and develop better strategies for staying accountable throughout your life.
If you don’t know how to be brutally honest with yourself, ask someone else to do the review for you. Remember, it is more important to work smart than hard!
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