Are you struggling to do something that you want to do? All of us have that. We want to exercise in the morning. We want to meditate. We want to be productivity masters, but we get stuck somewhere. Me? Usually in the comfort of my own bed. Seriously, just getting myself up in the morning to do the things I want to do and know are good for me don't seem as important as a few more minutes of warm, comfortable sleep.
There are ways to change that and the best way may be accountability. If I know someone else is expecting me to report on my progress or are invested in someway to my progress I have a better chance of getting it done.
What Accountability Looks Like:
The Gratitude Project: At the beginning of the year I signed up for Andrea's Gratitude Project because I knew I wanted to make it a daily practice to remember the good things, but I had never made the practice stick. Now, Jenn - who is someone I didn't know, expects me to email her three good things every day. I am at about 95% on doing it on time. Weekends are hard, but I put a reminder on my phone that goes off at 8PM everyday and I have been better about taking the 30 seconds to think of the three good things and email them. The plus to this is that I am starting to really focus on the good things, I am meeting someone new in the most amazing way because we are sharing right from our heart, and the practice seems to be sticking.
The Work Out Project: I also signed up for Rabbit Rabbit from Buster Benson at the beginning of the year and this isn't working, but I am intrigued to find out why. My goal is to work out for 20 minutes everyday and since starting I have completely bombed at this. I am supposed to check into MyFitnessPal and then at the end of every month sign into the Google Group and say if I passed or failed. The idea being that you would be humiliated to fail. Nope. Not me. I just say failed and try to retweek my goal. Well, it is the third month and I have already failed for this month even though I changed the goal to work out 5 times a week. Fail. So, group humiliation doesn't work with me.
Lesson? If you want to do something, but need an extra motivation, find an accountability buddy. It can be someone you meet up with, someone you call, an email, whatever it is and commit to checking in with them. Building new habits, even when you want to do them, can be really hard, obviously.
Do you need a match up with a buddy? Is there something you want to do? Email me and I will put you together with your buddy. Try it for a month and see if that works. I know I better get a work out accountability buddy pretty quick or I am going to bust out of these yoga pants!
Photo: Juliana Coutinho