One of the more difficult aspects of entrepreneurship is holding oneself accountable. Outside of entrepreneurship an individual is generally accountable to someone who holds direct authority over them, such as a manager in a professional context or professors in an academic setting. It is part of the responsibility of the manager to ensure their direct reports complete assigned tasks in a timely manner within quality constraints.
For the entrepreneur with the new idea, no such formal relationship exists. It is solely the entrepreneurs’ responsibility to ensure that they make progress on their new idea or business. In general, outside of the entrepreneur nobody will care if little or no progress is made. This can be quite difficult for the new entrepreneur, especially for those who are transitioning from a formal corporate environment.
There are a number of ways to create a false sense of accountability. One method is to develop a routine where each day you create a list of items to be accomplished that will translate to meaningful progress. Each item should have a corresponding completion date. At the end of each working day compare your actual to planned progress. At the beginning of each day review your list and begin with the most difficult task and work your way through each item from most difficult to the tasks that you are capable of completing with ease. Repeating this process on a daily basis will ensure daily progress.
Another way to generate accountability is to go out of your way to tell someone what you are planning to accomplish. Ideally this other person is someone who will call you out if you fail to accomplish the spoken tasks. Better yet, another entrepreneur is perfect as they understand the importance of what you are looking to accomplish and you may even be able to reciprocate for them. In the absence of other entrepreneurs or individuals that you are close with, there is value in bringing up planned tasks in general conversation. Spoken words have a tendency to bring forth results. Establishing this type of relationship can prove meaningful to generating regular progress on your business.
Creating accountability can be, and often is, one of the most difficult parts of the daily life of an entrepreneur. Besides actually accomplishing concrete tasks, the entrepreneur must ensure they are performing meaningful activities that are moving them forward towards their objective.
A final alternative is to establish a professional relationship with a business coach that can create a formal sense of accountability through a combination of the methods described in this article. The Accountability Coaching Package offers such an alternative. Refer to the Accountability Coaching Package at Brilliant Basis to begin working with a business coach to move your idea or business forward.
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