Time management tips are versatile tools that evolve as you grow. To build on your solo efforts, join forces with an accountability buddy and follow these 7 essential steps to enhance your effectiveness!
Let’s say you go round in circles, getting frustrated. You can’t seem to get an important new project off the ground. Perhaps lining up someone to report in with will give you a boost! You’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover how scheduled check-ins help you stay on course.
How can an accountability buddy boost your productivity?
It’s easy to place a task that is time-consuming, challenging or inconvenient on a back burner. But as you sidestep the task, you feel less confidence in your abilities. This lowering of your morale triggers a vicious cycle of avoidance.
Now, you may routinely tune out your own reminders to get mobilized. But when you invite a supportive person to exchange progress reports, you give yourself fresh incentive to follow through.
This is neither a complicated nor time-consuming process. You simply check in with a brief message on a scheduled basis, and provide the witnessing service to your buddy as well. The resulting improvement in your productivity may be dramatic.
Seven Essential Steps Enhance Your Effectiveness.
With an accountability partner, you:
- Describe your goal. Identify how you will know when you have “arrived.”
- Decide with your partner when and how the two of you will touch bases – by email, phone, etc. Mark these dates on your calendar.
- List and briefly share with your buddy the action steps you’ve developed to achieve your objective.
- Check in as scheduled. Quite often, accountability buddies check in every day.
- Respect the agreed-upon time frame. If you speak on the phone, a full check-in may take no more than 5 to 15 minutes. Email check-ins generally will take still less time.
- Listen with neutrality to your buddy’s check-in. Only offer feedback when asked.
- Stay on topic, so you use your time in a mindful way.
Imagine how this helps you take that next step forward on a daunting task. And think of the pleasure of reaching completion!
By relating responsibly to a colleague and reporting your daily progress, you create a solid base to increase productivity. You build strengths like follow-through, rather than avoiding and delaying challenging work.
There’s an added benefit. Working with an accountability buddy helps you relate to your personal projects with more objectivity and perspective. This is a great stress reducer! By combining self-reference with active listening and an open mind, you enrich your time, boost your effectiveness, and enjoy your work more. Now that’s a great use of your time!© Copyright 2012 Paula Eder, Ph.D.