Procrastination Tip: Accountability

Procrastination is something everyone has to deal with at least once in their lives. For me it often occurs when I’m trying to write a new application, doing things I don’t want to or something complex or time-consuming. Everyone has their own ways of dealing with procrastination but I’ve found one thing that really helps, accountability.

Throughout this blog I’m going to be posting numerous tips on procrastination. This is the first in the series.

Accountability helps you with procrastination because you don’t want to let down the people you’ve talked to. Here are a few things you can do to be accountable for the things you’re procrastinating on.

Tell a Close Friend

Talking with a close friend or family member can help you stop procrastinating because you don’t want to let them down by not following through. If you let them know what you’re working on they can help remind you to continue working on it. These reminders can be the push you need to stop procrastinating and get things done.

Write a Blog

The main reason for starting this blog was to force me to be accountable for the projects I start and never complete. When you put the things you’re procrastinating on into the public eye you’re more motivated to get things done and more ashamed when you don’t carry out what you wanted to.

Throughout the next couple of weeks I’m going to start a new project. I don’t know what it is yet, but I promise I’ll start something and I’m going to write about it. Hopefully by writing about it I’ll have a drive to finish it. We’ll see what happens.

  • Alex

    There definitely is something to say about accountability. When you’re worried about someone looking down on you because you didn’t do what you said you’d do you’re more motivated to do it.