As entrepreneurs it is essential that we get the work done rain, sleet, hail or snow. We are our own boss and don’t have to really answer to anyone. The problem in that is that some get a bit comfortable and get off-task when there is no one to report to ***I am raising my hand now****
If we are working from home the laundry suddenly looks more appealing than that project that is due. We may notice the dust on the very top shelf of the laundry room. We suddenly reminder that “urgent” errand we have to run. C’mon…I know I am not the only one!
This is where an accountability partner comes in. An accountability partner is someone that will check in with you and ensure that you are doing what needs to be done. Having an accountability partner is a great way to deal with the challenges of staying on track with goals, creating change that lasts, implementing action plans and overall development in business.
Here are three tips to ensure that the partnership works and is truly beneficial:
- Commit to being brutally honest. You owe it to your accountability partner to just tell them the truth! If they are slacking, making excuses, not making their deadlines you must CALL THEM OUT! You cannot be scared to hurt each other’s feelings. At the end of the day you have to give (and accept) criticism knowing that you have your partner’s best interest at heart.
- Be Clear About Your Expectations. Just like a business partner, your accountability partner must know what you expect and vice versa. If you expect your partner to be on time for your meetings/ scheduled calls make that clear. This relationship. just like any other, works best when there is great communication.
- Determine consequences and rewards. Yep…let’s go back to elementary school. In school if you did not participate or if you did not turn in an assignment you had a consequence. At my elementary school I would lose some (or all) of my recess time, I would have a silent lunch, after school detention. Yes, I am telling on myself- I was not the model student lol. I would encourage you to do the same with your accountability partner. Maybe there is a small penalty fee, after so many absences the relationship is terminated, etc. Also be sure to add a reward for accomplishments both large and small. Ice cream has always worked for me :)
I hope these tips helps you in your relationship with your accountability partner. We all need someone to answer to- even if it is a temporary relationship. Good luck rocking out all those goals this week