Self Accountability Board [Productivity Tool]

by | Jun 1, 2021 | Personal Development | 0 comments

Staying on track and accomplishing daily goals can be difficult when you don’t have a good system in place. A self-accountability board solves this problem by helping you manage your daily, weekly goals, and keeps you organized.

I started using a self-accountability board because I’m not a fan of todo apps. I found that I would constantly ignore the notifications and lose focus on my daily tasks.

Physically writing down your daily goals is a far better way to stay focused on your daily goals and it keeps you on track to get shit done!

Topics Covered

  1. Why Everyone Should Use A Self-Accountability Board
  2. What Is A Self-Accountability Board
  3. How A Self-Accountability Board Boosts Productivity
  4. How A Self-Accountability Board Works
  5. Tips For Success
  6. What To Do When You Don’t Accomplish Your Daily Goals

Why Should You Use A Self-Accountability Board?

If you constantly struggle to get things done on a daily basis then an accountability board will be good for you. Todo lists just don’t work for everyone and todo apps fall short of keeping people on task.

Implementing this type of organization system makes managing your daily goals simple and fun.

What Is A Self-Accountability Board?

A Self-Accountability board can be a whiteboard, dry erase board or even just a piece of paper. We like to keep it simple!

The board is used to write down your daily and weekly goals. Physically writing down your mini-goals helps drive them into your brain much better than typing them into an application.

Your board also doubles as an accountability partner. This is nice when you don’t have anyone else to help keep you accountable.

How A Self-Accountability Board Works As A Productivity Tool

1. Keeps You Focused

Unlike todo apps, your self-accountability board helps keep you laser-focused on your daily goals. It becomes easy to ignore notifications from todo apps or just forget to check on them throughout the day. Your accountability board will constantly remind you about what you want to accomplish for that particular day.

2. Physical Writing Down Goals And Crossing Them Off Your List

There’s just something way better about physically interacting with a board than checking a box in an application. Writing down your goals helps you remember them throughout your day.

It’s so satisfying when you get to cross out one of your daily goals or tasks after knocking it out.

3. Works Well With Your Daily Planning Routine

Planning out your daily routine becomes much easier when you use a self-accountability board. It only takes a few minutes out of your day to fill out your board and start working on completing your tasks.

After you’ve stayed consistant with your board, your daily planning routine becomes second nature.

4. Mindset

If your anything like me, procrastination comes easily! Having a strong mindset helps keep you motivated and on point.

You’ve really got to want it to get your mind right when it comes to accomplishing goals.

5. Your Accountability Board Keeps You Organized

Staying on track with your daily goals helps keep you organized and efficient. Organization is key to accomplishing what you set out to do everyday.

How Your Self-Accountability Board Works

1. Daily Brainstorming Session

You will need to spend a few minutes every day brainstorming what you would like to accomplish with your daily goals. It’s ideal to do this at the beginning of your day so that you can maximize your time.

This daily brainstorming session gets easier after you’ve been using your accountability board for a few weeks. Be sure not to skip this every day! It’s important to review what you accomplished the previous day and what you are planning on working on for the current day.

I also use my board to list out weekly goals. I prefer to cover those on Mondays at the beginning of every week. Then I check up on my weekly goals when I’m creating new daily goals.

2. Write Down Your Daily Goals

This is the most important part of the whole process! It’s best if you write down mini-goals that can be accomplished within a day.

Be very concise about what each goal entails. The goal should be very clear, readable, and measurable.

3. Create Simple And Achievable Goals

When writing down your goals, remember to keep them simple. These mini-goals should be easily achievable within the timeframe that you have available to work on them throughout your day.

If a daily goal seems overly complex, that’s a sign that you might need to move it to a weekly goal instead.

Tips To Be Successful With Your Self-Accountability Board

1. Be Realistic When Setting Goals

Remember that you are setting daily and weekly goals that you can accomplish within those given times.

It’s easy to become self-complacent if you are falling short of achieving goals. When this happens, check in on your goals and think about if they are actually achievable within a day or a week.

2. Place Your Accountability Board Where You Can See It

This is crucial to having daily success with your accountability board! Your board should be somewhere eye level that you will pass by throughout your day.

My self-accountability board is placed on my refrigerator. That way I have to check it every time I get a snack or go to make myself a cup of coffee.

3. Don’t Create Too Many Daily Goals – Maximum Of 4 Goals

When getting started it’s tempting to overload your accountability board with a ton of goals. Resist that temptation and limit yourself to a maximum of 4 different goals.

For even more success, cut your daily goals down to 2 or 3 a day. Personally, I prefer to start small and add more goals if needed.

3. Put Forth Consistent Effort And Take Action

At the end of the day, you are the one that is in full control of your daily actions. The board is just a productivity tool to help you stay on track.

You’ve got to want to own your day and you need to be efficient with your time for success.

You will fall short from time to time. It’s ok when this happens, just remember to continue to take action!

4. Focus On A Single Goal

Stay laser-focused on one goal at a time. This helps you get through each mini-goal and cross them off of your list.

Only move on to a new goal when you’ve accomplished the previous goal.

5. Schedule Specific Times To Work On Your Goals

It can be difficult to find time to work on your own goals when you have a 9 to 5 job. Try to schedule time on your calendar to only work on getting your personal daily goals accomplished.

Blocking out time on your calendar works well if your daily goals include working on a side hustle. I’ve also found that waking up early and working on personal daily goals works amazingly.

6. Reward Yourself

Now and then, you need to treat yo self! Rewarding yourself for accomplishing your daily goals should become a new habit.

Hard work and consistent action takes courage and tons of effort.

What To Do When You Don’t Accomplish A Daily Goal

1. Roll That Goal Over To The Next Day

When you are brainstorming what you want to accomplish for that day, review your goals from the previous day. If there’s anything that you didn’t cross off, roll it over to the current day.

This is a good habit to get into to make sure you achieve all of the daily goals that you set for yourself.

2. Break The Task Down Into Smaller Goals

Sometimes you will create a task that is larger than you can handle in a single day. This is bound to happen!

Take notice when you’ve had to roll over a daily goal for more than 2 days. This is usually a fairly good indicator that this particular goal might take more time and effort than you originally estimated.

3. Ask For Help Or Spend More Time Doing Research

You might find that you continue to roll a task over because you don’t have enough information or energy to tackle it. When this occurs, ask someone else for help! Sometimes all you need is a little motivation and assistance from another to kick you into gear.

If you don’t have enough information to complete that task, remove it from your board until you put in the extra time to gain the knowledge you need to wrap it up. You can always add the task back to your accountability board at a later date.

4. Consider If It’s Even Worth Your Time

When all else fails, you’ve got to ask yourself if that goal is worth your time. I’ve found that tasks that get pushed off for long periods of time fall into one of these buckets.

  • You might be lacking in effort to finish it.
  • It might not align with your larger weekly, monthly, and yearly goals.
  • The task may not even be worth your time and energy.

5. You’ve Lost All Motivation

This happens to all of us! Don’t freak out when your motivation comes to a crashing halt.

Instead, think about what you need to do to get yourself back on track. You might need to take a break or relax more to get your mojo back.

It’s easy to try and push ourselves to do more. Be sure that you don’t put too much pressure on yourself and cause burnout.

That’s It – Now Go Start Your Self-Accountability Board

Throughout my years I’ve been known to be a huge procrastinator. I’ve been a master at pushing tasks and goals off endlessly.

Creating my self-accountability board has been a game-changer for achieving daily goals. I hope that you are able to take this information and use it to create your own accountability board and begin crushing your goals.

Remember to write your goals down every day, place your accountability board within view, and reward yourself for kicking ass and knocking out those goals.