Bookending is one way to help yourself get the writing done; having an Accountability Partner is another.
An Accountability Partner is someone who is on your side, and someone whose side you’re on. You keep each other accountable about taking the small steps necessary to get big projects, like your writing business, or your book, or – well almost anything – done.
Here’s how it works for me:
My accountability partner is another freelancer. She also ghostwrites. She doesn’t blog, but writes business articles, something I haven’t done for years.
We have an appointment to talk with each other over the phone. We don’t change that appointment unless we absolutely have to because we both recognize it’s important to our businesses to meet. Rarely do we talk more than 15 minutes.
I’m not sure how she tracks what she wants to be held accountable for, but here’s part of my list which I keep in a word file called accountability:
December 15, 2009
- Editing interview book if it comes in
- Quicken problem
- Earning plan article
- 11 blogs posts
- Two more videos done
- XXXX says she’s hiring me.
- Upload new forum software.
- Catch up on numbers
- Membership setup including sales pages etc
- Exercise twice
- Essay book
When we talked this week I read her my list and she read hers to me.
Next week, she’ll tell me what on her list she got done and what her new weekly goals or tasks are. I do likewise.
Sometimes we take a bit of extra time to discuss a particular problem or to celebrate something nifty that happened.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve actually started or finished something simply because I know I’m going to be reporting to her. I gather the same is true for her.
It works well for me to have another writer as an Accountability Partner, but if I couldn’t find one, I’d be happy to work with almost any self-employed person.
How do you keep yourself on track?
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