Artificial Structures: Accountability Methods

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?


  1. 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.
  2. 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…