Note to future self…
I’ve written about artificial constraints before but today I want to touch on a specific type of artificial constraints → Accountability Methods. I believe that broadly speaking there are three main resources that you can use to create artificial constraints: Time, Money and Social Capital. This post is focused on the latter.
Staying accountable to others can be incredibly powerful and we all intuitively know this so the question is:
How can we create systems that force us to stay accountable to other people in a way that’s sustainable for all parties?
- Frontload your plans: say what you’re going to do to others and do it. This creates a lot of pressure because not following through with your plans will make you look bad in front of your peers.
- Consistency is key: check-in with the people that you’re accountable to on a regular cadence. This might be daily weekly or monthly. What really matters here is consistency.
That’s it for now. I will update this list if I think of anything else.
Now back to work…