Regularly communicate with your accountability partner to help you fulfill your commitment. How much you share depends on your level of accountability. Clarify what you expect from one another and confirm you both can commit to this arrangement.
How to Communicate
Activity reports can be delivered through email, instant message, and other means. These reports only capture device activity and may not indicate whether any action was intentional or accidental. For example, uninvited popup ads or unrelated suggestions in a video feed may register an alert. So follow up with relevant information to detail your progress.
Conversations can occur via voice or video calls and other platforms. If you primarily use online communication, be sure to schedule a periodic face-to-face meeting if possible to keep the relationship personal and alive.
You could also post your successes on your social media for those who may not be committed accountability partners but who support your pursuits.
Journaling helps you to become more self-aware and to provide the context of a decision while also recording milestone victories along the way.
Communicate regularly on a mutually agreeable schedule. This could be daily, weekly, or some other interval, but be committed and consistent.
Set an appointment for all parties involved. Be on time and be prepared for the dialogue.
Set a definite time to conclude so you can maintain the focus of the conversation as well as respect one another’s time.
How to Structure Your Conversation
Here is a possible agenda to follow in your regular conversations:
- Review your goals, including daily, weekly, and other time-based objectives. Are your goals too hard, too easy, or just challenging enough?
- Report and review your progress, including activity, successes and failures, challenges, and other open action items. Get your partner’s feedback. Identify what tactics worked and what obstacles must be overcome. Learn from failures. Brainstorm solutions and find resources to help.
- Identify the next items for discussion and action. Commit to moving forward.
Practice good communication techniques such as active listening.
Be sure to involve all parties in the conversation. If this is a problem, you may need to keep track of minutes each person speaks and seek to balance the time available.
The effectiveness of your accountability relationship relates directly to the quality of communication you have with your partner. Take care to make the most of your time together to encourage you both to succeed.