‘The ancient Romans had a tradition: whenever one of their engineers constructed an arch, as the capstone was hoisted into place, the engineer assumed accountability for his work in the most profound way possible: he stood under the arch.’ Michael Armstrong
A few days ago, we were talking about why it is important to make yourself accountable for creating legacy. Here are 7 ways in which you can make yourself accountable:
1. Tell others about your project.
2. Put together a weekly routine sheet where you can tick off the tasks you worked on as you worked on them.
3. Ask a friend to continuously remind you of your project, even if you do not want to hear about it.
4. Measure your progress against a list you draw up at the beginning of the project. Revise the list as the project evolves.
5. Pay fines to a friend for not reaching particular milestones. I know someone who pays a fine to a friend every time he is late to start his working day in the morning. Unfortunately, I am not that friend.
6. Have certain ‘treats’ in place that you only give yourself when you have completed a milestone on your project (watching junk TV and chocolate work for me).
7. Organise an event around your milestones (e.g. doing a talk on the subject of your project). This will give you a firm deadline for completing the milestone, otherwise the event cannot take place.
How do you make yourself accountable? Share your ideas in the comments section.
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