We believe that creating accountability is key to achieving your business goals. You may well have set out your goals for the next 100 days, the big challenge is turning them into reality, especially if you are a solopreneur or lone worker. In this episode of The Next 100 Days Podcast Kevin and Graham talk about overcoming the things that de-rail you and how you can use accountability and measurement in tandem to maintain your progress, keep you honest, and on track.
We cover a number of key points that help keep you on track and give you accountability both to yourself and to other people
- Focus in on the things that really matter for the next 100 days, don’t take on too much, less is more.
- At the beginning of 100 days, break your goals down into milestones and weekly tasks, and in each week during the 100 day period make sure you complete what you originally planned to do.
- Set aside quality time to work on rather than in your business
- Try the Pomodoro technique. Set a timer for 25 minutes and work on something solidly without interruption, then take a 5 minute break and start over again with another 25 minute block.
- Use a daily to do list
- Measure what you need to do, and measure the inputs to the process and not the result. Our example was weight loss, don’t measure how much you weigh instead measure the exercise you take or the calories you consume. The example applies equally to business. Focus on the things that get you results not the results themselves. Remember things with $ signs tend to be result metrics not performance metrics
- Play games with yourself once you start measuring things. This is a great way of improving accountability to yourself. How many quality Pomodoros can you do in a day? a week? Graham talked about challenging himself to shave time off his daily walk round the village, there are many ways you can challenge yourself and our achievement into a game.
- Make sure you measure the right things, make sure what you measure has a high degree of impact on the goal you want to achieve, and also make sure its something that is well within your own sphere of influence and not disrupted by too many external factors.
- Get some accountability from other people. A mentor, a coach, or a mastermind group can really help hold you to task. This will also give you the challenge that you need and help ensure the things you are doing are the right things to get you the results you want
Kevin mentioned the tool he uses to break his goals down to milestones, weekly tasks, and daily activities. You can check out Goals On Track here.