As I explain in “Goal Setting With the Help of An Accountability Buddy” (December 29, 2016), there are real advantages of having someone regularly push you to stay on track. I’ve never worked with a creative partner this way so I welcomed the idea when a friend asked me if we could goal-set together. Having had our first weekly call this Monday, here are my thoughts:
- Creating my “to do” list to share with someone else takes time but it forces me to seriously reflect about macro and micro objectives, decide how many hours I ought to allocate to each activity and rank what has to get done first.
- It feels good to be able to bounce ideas off someone else regarding timetables, especially because I know the person on the other end of the phone is organized and focused on his success – and mine.
- Putting a hierarchy chart on paper lets me visualize what I need to do.
As any writer knows, giving life to words can be a lonely endeavor, especially if you are doing it late at night after your “other” job. Dialoging with someone on a regular basis about accomplishments, frustrations and stumbling blocks seems right to me. As author Chuck Sambuchino describes about his teammate, “…the road to publication … and seemingly endless wait has been so much better with someone to chat with along the way.” Click to read “How a Critique and Accountability Partner Can Help Your Writing and Career” (Writer’s Digest, November 16, 2013).
I will keep you posted on my progress as I write with my eyes on the prize, knowing that someone will kindly question me should I miss deadlines.