7 Ideas for Accountability and Motivation

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Staying motivated is one of the most important factors in achieving your goals — no matter what type of goals they are. Finding ways to hold yourself accountable is a must if you want to be successful. There are many ways to do that, but not every way is right for everyone. You’ll have to find out what works best for you, and then use those to help you reach your goals.

Below there are 7 ideas for ways to hold yourself accountable so that you can stay motivated and achieve your goals.

1) Track your goals

Tracking your goals is one way you can hold yourself accountable. There are several ways to track your goals, so you’ll have to find what works best for you.

  • You can list simple goals and then mark them out as you complete them, but that doesn’t work for more complex goals or goals that take more than a few days complete.
  • Breaking up goals and tracking them in a spreadsheet is a good way to keep track of your goals.
  • Keeping a journal is also a good way to track your progress.
  • Marking days of a new habit on a calendar can be helpful in tracking your progress toward a new habit or goal.
  • Some people even like tracking goals on a large poster because it’s right there all the time.

Any of these ways are great ways to track your goals.

2) Use benchmarks

If you’re going to track goals with multiple steps or goals that take an extended amount of time to complete, it’s important to break the goal up into smaller steps. Use each step as a benchmark, or group smaller steps together to create them. Benchmarks make it easier to track progress without getting overwhelmed, and that will help you maintain your motivation.

3) Reward yourself

Rewards are a good way to keep your motivation up while working toward achieving your goals. You can work toward a large reward once you meet your goal, but giving yourself a small reward for reaching each benchmark is a better way to keep your motivation high. You can still give yourself a large reward once you reach your goal.

4) Use visual reminders

Visual reminders are key for some people, especially those who are visual learners. Visual reminders can be a simple sticky note with your goal written on it or an image that reminds you of your goal. They can also be more complex like a large poster with an intricate vision board or a goal planning note book that includes smaller vision boards for each goal. Just make sure it’s something that speaks to you.

5) Find an accountability partner

An accountability partner can be a friend, colleague, spouse, or other trusted family member. It should be someone that can cheer you on but can also let you know when you need to do something different or refocus your attention. Make sure to check in often with your accountability partner.

6) Schedule accountability check-ins

Schedule regular check-ins with your accountability partner if you’re using one. If you choose not to use an accountability partner, schedule regular check-ins with yourself so that you can monitor your progress. Be honest with yourself during these check-ins so that you can make adjustments as needed.

7) Make adjustments

Make adjustments as needed. If you find something’s not working, figure out a way to do it better, and adjust your plan. Success takes work, and knowing when to adjust is important.

Try several of these methods of accountability and see what works best for you. You may already have an idea of which ones to try first, but you may just need to explore them to find something that works. Just be willing to adjust your strategy if something’s not helping you maintain your motivation.

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Dominique

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Comments

  1. Joan

    I am all good with tracking and benchmarks but where I fail is when I have no one to be accountable to so a partner is a very good idea. Thank you for these.

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  2. Sarah Bailey

    These are some great ideas to try and bring both motivation and accountability into your everyday life when it comes to goals. I should really find a way to track mine to keep up with how I am doing.

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      Dominique

      Writing them down in a journal or even a notebook can help. You could create something in Excel so you can track your process too. It’s fun to experiment! Have a great day!

  3. Jess

    I believe it is extremely important to enjoy the rewards! With out taking a second to really admire yourself for where you are you will form a routine and become bitter! We have got recognize the positive aspect we bring.

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  4. matthew

    These are some nice ideas to incorporate. I love the fact that you mention (7) “to make adjustment”. Once goals are set and not yielding result, it is best to make an adjustment. Great read.

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  5. Claire Lee

    I love these! So realistic and helpful. I am a visual person and visual reminders on my planner really help. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. claire talks beauty

    i like the idea of finding an accountability partner! it helps so much ! i am also trying to use benchmarks more often this year!

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  7. Ruth I

    Yes to all of these! I find having an accountability partner more amazing because we get support that we need so we can truly reach our goal.

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  8. Bindu Thomas

    These are some great ideas for accountability and stay motivated. Finding an accountability partner sounds interesting.

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  9. Sundeep

    This is so amazing write up. I would love to reward myself whenever I achieve my goals. Thanks for sharing wonderful article

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  10. Kayla

    I think rewarding youre of is crucial. So,times we can be way to hard on ourselves, we deserve a little reward for all our hard work.

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      Dominique

      Very true. I have started paying attention to that — I buy things for my kids but not always for me for doing well. No more! Have a lovely day and thanks for reading!

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