accountability

Pre-Commit

I can often tell what I’m going to procrastinate on before I start it. Rather than leaving things to chance, when I feel that resistance, I snap into action and ‘pre-commit’. This drastically increases the chances that it will get done. Here’s how I do it: Setup Public Accountability. I either recruit a friend to be an accountability partner or post my commitment on social media. When setting up accountability, I very specifically share what I’m going to do, when I’m going to do it by, and when I’m going to report back on the results. Create Negative Consequences. For example, sometimes when I don’t get work done on time I make myself run an extra lap at the gym after work. This way of thinking helps me understand that procrastinating will only cause more work. Time Block When I’ll Take Action. Instead of hoping I’ll have enough time, I make time by scheduling the task on my calendar. Then, I will do what I need to do regardless of how I feel. I realize that feeling anxious at times is normal, but it’s not a good excuse to procrastinate. I use Stickk to manage my precommitments. StickK was developed by Yale University economists, Dean Karlan and Ian Ayres. They tested the effectiveness of Commitment Contracts through years of field research.