3 Steps To Increase Your Productivity With Accountability

by blogadmin 20. September 2017 01:24

Enlist others to make sure you get things done and watch your productivity soar says freelance writer Li Vasquez-Noone. Without a supervisor or boss looking over your shoulder, it's tempting to procrastinate. But with accountability, you'll keep going. She advises to follow these 3 steps to keep things going:

1.  Find an accountability partner (group or team). Set up regular times to meet or check in with each other. This keeps you honest and motivated. It also gives you a sounding board.

2.  Lay out and share your plans with an accountability partner, group or team. When writing down goals and sharing them, it is easy to identify areas which need adjustment or improvement.

3.  Be accountable to yourself. Find tools that help such as using an excel spreadsheet that has the goals for the project broken down into monthly, weekly, and daily segments and a success journal that keeps track of what you do right. 

Personal Application:

What do you do to hold yourself accountable? Do you have an accountability partner? What goals or projects are you currently working on that could be held better accountable with a partner or a team? 

  

DON'T DO IT!

by blogadmin 23. August 2017 01:31

I overheard someone ask the question, "What do I need to say 'no' to so that I can say 'yes' to something I'd really like to do? We often forget that we have control over what we say 'yes' to. When reminded about this fact, it's refreshing to realize the possibility of rearranging our lives into a healthier pattern. 

Consider this excerpt from Edward Dayton's Tools For Time Management...

It's an American proverb:  "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today." The European approach is quite the opposite:  "Postpone everything you can. You may not have to do it tomorrow!" There are two basic ways to save time. One is to do the things we should do more effectively or efficiently and in proper priority. The second is not to do the things we shouldn't be doing at all. Make a list of all the things you are doing in your life right now. Examine your calendar. Check off each thing which you really shouldn't be doing. DON'T DO IT!

Personal Application:

What should you be saying 'no' to today, each day, and this week? 

 

Enlarge Your Perspective.

by blogadmin 10. August 2017 01:03

I conducted a survey of a group of leaders in the community about things they felt had helped them succeed. The following is a quote from one of the leaders:

"Have patience with differing viewpoints--in fact, seek them out. Ask the quiet person in the room what they think--it often changes the whole direction of the conversation and thought process of the group."

As you are working with your team and your to-do list, remember to welcome a different view point even if it slows you down. In the end, the results will be better and stronger. It is essential to stay open to new ideas and new ways of doing things in order to succeed in this fast-paced world.

I also encourage you to read a variety of authors. This will ensure that you are hearing different voices and gaining from a variety of backgrounds. You may disagree with what they present, but that may be just the spark you need to clarify your perspective.

Personal Challenge:

Today, identify one new person you can seek out to enlarge your perspective! 

 

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