What is it to be accountable?

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Accountability is defined as “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions“.

A lot of businesses I come across do find it difficult to get sh*t done and move their businesses forward. Rather than the things-to-do list getting shorter, it just seems to get longer.

The problem with this is it has a compound effect on the whole process of taking action to achieve the goals you have set yourself, causing you to be…

  • overwhelmed & frustrated
  • stressed & anxious
  • annoyed with yourself

And if that wasn’t enough, other things can kick in causing the situation to get worse rather than better:

  • procrastination?
  • lack of focus and enthusiasm?
  • distractions?

This means that your business is potentially stagnating or at least just plodding along.

If you find yourself in this situation, it is not easy to pull yourself out of that particular rut…so what can you do?

The first step is to notice that you are in this dilemma in the first place. Then you can start to put things in place to help you focus, for example:

  • Turn off notifications
  • Limit how often you check emails
  • Allot chunks of time to focus on your actions
  • Avoid social media and other rabbit holes

What can help is getting yourself an “accountability partner” to support keeping you on track. When you are beholden to someone else, it seems that most people are more likely to get their actions done and get cracking with their business.

If any of this resonates and you need some help with getting your list of tasks from to-do to done, then check out the BusComm Accountability Circle.

Paul Green
The Business Bulletin

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What is it to be accountable?

by Paul Green Time to read: 1 min