Ways I Hold Myself Accountable Working Independently

strategy May 31, 2022
Maybe you’re thinking, ‘I tried that & it doesn’t work’. That’s because I don’t ignore the reminder I’ve set & I don’t let myself become distracted by outside forces. Instead, I create a fun place to work where I celebrate what a kick-ass job I do, & I don’t wait for someone else to recognize me. www.DebbiSpranza.com

It can be pretty simple to hold yourself accountable but only if you have the right mindset. Taking ownership and pride in your work, not beating yourself up if you aren’t 100% every single time, and celebrating how smart you are, is a winning mindset for accountability. 

1) I start planning my upcoming work week Friday morning.

 Friday morning analysis (1 hour)

Goals check-in (data)

What what wrong

What went well 

Action items

2)  I schedule action items directly on my calendar including applicable resources to complete the task in the description.

Email drafting (busy)

Open Meeting spaces (available)

Research space (busy)

Client Deliverables (busy)

 

Maybe you’re thinking, ‘I tried that and it doesn’t work’. That’s because I don’t ignore the reminder I’ve set and I don’t let myself become distracted by outside forces. Instead, I create a fun place to work where I celebrate what a kick-ass job I do, and I don’t wait for someone else to recognize me. 

 

When we’re working independently, it can be difficult to feel motivated without seeing and feeling an immediate reward for our efforts. For example, no one is seeing how much time I might spend crafting just the perfect email communication during a review or negotiation. It might take 2 minutes to read 30-60 minutes worth of work.  

 

When we don't reach a goal or make a mistake it can really set us back. But only if we let it. How many times have you sent an email and then you realize you forgot the attachment 🤦🏽‍♀️ If you’re not planning and holding yourself accountable, it’s more likely you haven’t come up with a communication process that could help you avoid missteps like attachments to emails. Make your communication plan an action item! In other words, turn mistakes into learning moments and be adaptable.

 

What I do to keep myself motivated is think of the benefits I have by working independently, without co-workers or bosses hovering over me. 

  • I have the freedom to listen to the music I want, as loudly as I want after crushing a well-thought-out email communication. I quite literally pat myself on the back and tell myself what a rockstar I am. I have ‘reward playlists’ ready to go.
  • Good food motivates me. I don’t have to wait for an office potluck to eat stinky foods like blue cheese or kimchi during the workday and I can microwave anything I like from the fridge without fear of retribution.
  • I have a brass bell that I ring when I reach a goal, receive a testimonial, positive feedback, prospect, or paid invoice. My dogs bark like crazy and we all celebrate.
  • My home is my 'safe space' so work can feel like an intrusion. I visit my garden after meeting debriefs to bring my energy level back to 'home'.

On the other hand, I have ‘focus playlists’ that help me when I’m working through complex tasks and deliverables. I am sure not to check my inbox, or take phone calls when I’m working through my scheduled tasks. I stay focused by eliminating outside disruptors and rewarding myself with things that motivate me for EVERY task completed. Yes, it gets loud in the home office. ✌️

 

 

Some like food, some like exercise, and some like all sorts of other activities! Develop your own communication and accountability plan and start having more fun being ‘accountable’ because scheduling a task on a calendar alone won’t be enough. I’d be happy to help, book 30 minutes with me here and I’ll help you get started.

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