Ever get to the end of the day and think to yourself, “What the heck did I do today?” Then, at that point, as you attempt to review precisely what it was you did, you understand it wasn’t a lot of anything. You’ve got nothing to show in your business! It’s time to light a fire under your own butt and business and hold yourself accountable!
So today I want to share a work-around for whatever brain fog you’ve got going on that’ll increase your work efficiency and has the potential to result in more income. Sweet! It’s a matter of a simple change in focus to help you work smarter not harder!
Simple, Yet Powerful
One of the best ways to keep yourself accountable is a technique I learned from Ann Sieg called EOD or “End of Day.” It’s simply a commitment to end each day by listing what tasks you accomplished for your business. Conversely, you can start each day with a list (SOD) of what you plan to accomplish. Whether it’s SOD or EOD, the purpose is to shine a light on what you plan to do and what you actually do to grow your business and your income daily. Sounds simple enough, right? But where it gets even more powerful is when you commit to sharing your list with another person or inside a mastermind group. Yikes! Public accountability!
In my case, we share them inside our private Facebook community of home business owners and entrepreneurs. We all have something in common – we’re working our businesses and we share our daily activities. It’s a powerful motivator and a real eye-opener to gauge your productivity against other colleagues. Talk about lighting a fire under your patootie!
Believe me, as people share SODs and EODs you get to see what’s bringing them success, you’ll want to try what they’re doing. When you realize there are a lot more things you should be doing, you’re inspired to make changes. When you realize how much of your day is wasted on non-essential things that don’t have a direct effect on your bottom line – you’ll think twice about it…and your daily activities will begin to morph and so will your SODs and EODs.
Making a habit of doing a SOD, EOD, or both, will help you become more productive, more purposeful. It’s a simple, yet powerful way to get you going in the right direction. Hold yourself accountable in a public way, even if it’s only one other person!
What – No Accountability Partner?
C’mon, really? After all the times I’ve harped on that here on my blog, you mean to tell me you haven’t done that yet? Okay, I’ll cut you some slack. It’s not hard to find at least one person who’s willing to become more accountable. Just ask around and you’d be surprised who’d be willing to partner up with you…even if they’re in a completely different line of business.
Holding yourself accountable will be an ongoing process. I mean, you’re only human. Life happens. Society bombards us every second of every minute with messages and distractions. But it’s up to you to do the right thing and not make excuses.
Remember…No one can do your business for you. It’s your dream – make it happen!