What are your favorite accountability tools?
When there's a lot to do, do the hardest thing first
Hopefully you're coming back to work today feeling refreshed and energized but let's be honest - it still gets dark early, we're all still dragging a little from the holiday indulgence, and I know I personally am still thinking about the unfinished Netflix shows I started binging. (The Circle anyone?)
So how do we hold ourselves accountable to do the work and make progress toward those goals?
Let me know your favorite accountability tools, apps, or even just habits you use to stay focused! Drop 'em in the comments.
1. Google Keep checklists (or your favorite checklist app) are my lifeline
2. Time-blocking on my calendar (even if I'm meeting-free, I often put time on the calendar for important tasks so I use that time to do them especially when I know I'll be particularly focused such as in the mornings).
3. Have a "one thing" for the day. What's your one thing you must do to make today a success even if nothing else gets done? Make sure you get that thing done!
I also find ambient music / scenes on YouTube help me stay focused! Today's vibe is this one.
I agree about holding each other accountable as a team! Super important for sure. We do this a bit in our daily huddle meetings where we share our "one thing" for the day.
I find noise-canceling headphones the easiest way to get in the "zone." Especially with working from home. Finding the right classical or ambient music helps me feel inspired but not distracted.
I've also found consistent use of project management apps, such as Asana, to be a lifeline to keep short and far goals on the radar.
I also find it helpful to schedule your day the evening before. This can be as simple or complex as needed, but I've found it helpful as a guide to keeping up with daily goals. It also serves as a great way to schedule research, learning, and meeting prep.
The app is centered around a Pomodoro timer that can be adjusted to suit the task you're looking to accomplish. When you start a focused session, you can set up the app to automatically block distracting apps and specific websites, to help you avoid checking Twitter or LinkedIn while you're in focus mode. At the end of your focus session, the app will ask you to quickly rate how you think you did before logging the time. This helps you review your focused progress, evaluate how you did and adjust accordingly. Seeing these analytics helped me improve how I focus while getting more done at the same time. Truly a game-changing app!
My handy-dandy notebook! 📓
Call me old school... I've found that if I'm physically writing something down, it is of the highest priority, and gets constant visual attention sitting in front of me on my desk. Even if they're repetitive things, if I need to hold myself accountable to it, it's getting written down.
And Stephanie Baiocchi - You know I've also got the vibe music on in the background too 😄.
Plus nothing beats the feeling of physically crossing something off a list am I right?
I just started using it and am getting the hang of it while making my own little tweaks.
This is their site (not an affiliate link or anything) and the pads are sold through Amazon.
Their site explains their approach and how the "pad" works.
Steve Smith awesome! Let me know if it works!
Interesting question! How do we get people to ask the questions that we want them to ask?How do we pitch a solution to someone if they don't realize they have a "problem?"I'll start the conversation with where my head went first, here's a 4-minute video.
Michiel van de Watering
This is 🔥 Thanks for sharing, Kim!!
And as a bonus...if you are game for a 1970's Covey video: I leave you with this. Put the first things first.
Happy New Year!