Accountability Increases Action

Dear Shi, 

        Can we talk about accountability?  Ever since I made the leap from my day job to working for myself, I find that I have a tendency to push back deadlines, or get to work “later.”  Even though I love working from home, I’m miss the community aspect of my corporate job that always had people checking in, deadlines to meet, and schedules in place.  What are some ways I can build accountability into my work-from-home lifestyle so I can get stuff done? 


Dear Jamie, 

         Yes!  Let’s talk about accountability.  It’s something that can make or break your work from home experience and determine your success in actually achieving your goals.  When you’re working at a corporate job, accountability is already built in: you may have a daily 9-5 work schedule, team members who depend on you to do your work, a boss who’s looking over your shoulder to make sure you’re on track, and not to mention just having people around to socialize with and see you for who you are and what you’re doing. 

        So when you transition into working for yourself at home, you have to be intentional about seeking out that accountability so they you’re holding yourself to a standard of excellence, integrity, and getting things done!  I’ve worked with soooooooo many women who come to me because they’re know that support and accountability will help them get out of their own way and create success in their life and business, so let’s talk about ways YOU can get accountability that suits you the best. 

        Accountability is a social construct.  It thrives best when there’s a relationship that’s built on trust with a person, or people who want the best for you. 

People tend to look for accountability for their character (keeping true to their values), and for their actions (doing what they say they’re going to do). 

Ways to create Social Accountability, based on trusted relationships. 

  • Seek a coach or mentor.  Having someone with an invested, outside perspective of your business will help you to make progress towards your goals. 
  • Get an accountability buddy or Mastermind group.  Having a peer mentor, or group of peer mentors is a great way to connect with like-minded people with different strengths so you can bounce ideas, and get support and accountability to keep moving forward.  
  • Hire a team member.  If you’re at a place where you can hire a team member like a virtual assistant, designer, or bookkeeper, then having other people you’re responsible to will help you get your work done, so they can get their work done.  
  • Post on social media what you’re going to do.  If you’re planning a new offering or launch, putting it on social media (in an intentional way) can help light a fire under you to meet those deadlines.  

Ways to create Structural Accountability, based on productivity.  

  • Develop a schedule that you stick to. Creating a consistent and predictable schedule will help you know what to do and when to do it.  
  • Block and tackle your time. Working in blocked times gives certain project priorities and ensures that you’re actually making time to work on your business.  

Accountability is what will set you apart from someone who coasts through their life and someone who puts feet to their vision and turns their ideas into action. 

Your action step: 

What kind of accountability do you need?  Who are you going to reach out to in order to get it? 

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With joy,