Ensure Tasks Get Done By Boosting Accountability

Accountability is when you do what you say you will do, or if it is too hard, then you ask for help. People who have accountability and work hard can be more productive. It might sound easy, but not everyone will always be able to achieve this because it can be difficult to stay organized and focused with your work.

It is hard to stay on task and finish what you start. Accountability tactics help people stay on task by helping them organize their time, focus their energy, and efficiency.

The two best ways to build accountability in your life are by 1) finding an Accountability Partner and 2) scheduling your time.

An Accountability Partner

People tend to report that having a partner to hold them accountable for their tasks and goals is the best way to build their accountability. But even within this area, there are different ways to do it. People use different people depending on what they want to be held accountable for.

It is good to have an accountability partner at work. If you work with another person, they can help you stay on task. You can also ask an assistant or someone in the same role as you to help. Meet regularly and review your tasks, calendar or planning, or progress on a project goal.

Other people use friends, family members, or spouses as their accountability partners. One person said that they say their goals out loud to their spouse every day and they do not always get everything done, but it does help them think about it each day.

Still others will work with a professional coach to help them be accountable. They will talk on the phone, email, or text to this person. This is helpful because the coach can tell you what you are doing and help you work through problems that might get in your way of success.

Consider forming an accountability group. When you are involved in a group or meeting with people who are working on the same thing as you, it is easier to stay on track. You have support from other people who are working on the same goal as you. Sometimes knowing that you will have to report your progress at the next meeting can help encourage you to make progress on your goal.

Scheduling and Planning

Almost 1/4 of the people who responded to a survey said that they use some tools or devices to help them structure their day. The key is that you need to plan ahead and prioritize your tasks so you can organize your time and complete things. One person said they make time for one task a “must do” high priority task and block out time every day until it is completed.

Another person shared how they plan their day. They had two pieces of paper for this: one for appointments and one for priorities today. They planned out the day and sent it to their accountability partner, too!

Check out our guide to preparing your day to get inspiration on how to get a firm hold on your day before it even begins.

Other Ways To Hold Yourself Accountable

Deadlines are a good way to help people stay on task. They are not always popular, but they can be very powerful. By setting a deadline for yourself, you create urgency in your brain. This is like having someone tell your brain “Focus now!”

One respondent said that to be accountable, you need to set deadlines. Another said that they wanted to be more organized and create a timeline for themselves, so they asked their friend to check in with them on how much progress they had made on the project by a given date.

Use your phone or laptop: There are some apps and tools that help as well. They help to stay accountable for what you are doing. There are apps for dieting, exercise, social media monitoring, and goal tracking. Apps work best if you make it part of your daily routine.

Combine techniques: All of these accountability measures work well by themselves. The problem is that they don’t work as well when they are not combined. Maintaining a daily calendar can help you schedule your time well, but scheduling regular check-ins with your accountability partner will motivate you to get things done because it reminds you that you cannot leave anything unfinished (even if it is self-imposed). Similarly, setting deadlines for yourself is good but it will be even more powerful if you write them on your daily calendar or set an alarm on an app to remind yourself of what needs to be done.

The above tips work, but they can only work if you do them! Pick a couple of the tips from this article to use for two weeks. Then, you can see how much better you will be at being accountable to yourself.