The concept of accountability buddies for pet sitters came into my existence years ago when I was part of a Mastermind Group. We were assigned a new accountability buddy each quarter, and we were told to have a five-minute conversation with them every work day. On the call, we were to tell the other person the three tasks that we were to work on that day. The following day we would hold each other accountable and then tell each other our three tasks for that day and so on and so forth.
In my experience, this was just too much! The conversation was supposed to only be five minutes, but if you had a chatty partner, you would be on the phone for much longer than that which ate up valuable time in my day. I then started to dread these calls, which utterly defeated the purpose.
My Accountability Buddies for Pet Sitters System
- Find a buddy using our FREE Pet Nanny Coach Community Facebook Group. Use the #accountabilitybuddy
- Pick a standing day and time that you will meet each week and put it on repeat on your calendar with reminders, so you don’t forget.
- Share your top 3 goals/tasks for the week.
Why Accountability Buddies for Pet Sitters are so Powerful
Being in business for yourself, you only need to answer to yourself. You don’t have a boss who gives you strict deadlines. You’re the boss, and if you don’t feel like doing something, nobody is going to make you do it. But if you have an accountability buddy, you now have someone to answer to, and you are going to be much more likely to complete your tasks. This process turns your “good intentions” into actual “to-do’s.”
Identify Your Champagne Moment
Cara Bentley of Lifehack Bootcamp coined the phrase your “Champagne Moment.” This is what you really need to focus on what’s really going to move your business forward.
Do this exercise weekly (ideally with your accountability buddy!) on Sunday night to sort out the critical tasks from the seemingly important tasks.
1: What could you do this week that would deserve popping a bottle of champagne and truly celebrating? Think beyond “shallow work” like emails and meetings. What’s a moment that would really propel your life or career forward?
2: What’s the #1 goal this week that would help you get to that result?
3: How many hours would take you to accomplish your goal? Is it doable in a week?
4: What’s the #1 task you can complete on MONDAY to get you to your weekly goal?
5a: Write down 3 potential things that could DISTRACT or PREVENT you from reaching your goal.
5b: What’s your “plan of defense” to STOP those things from happening?
Would you feel like popping open a bottle of champagne and CELEBRATING when your weekly goal is complete? If not, repeat this exercise! It’s not a Champagne Moment unless you would want to CELEBRATE it.
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