To guard against procrastination and effectively manage your time, planning is key. This is why we write To-Do lists. It helps us navigate through the day and keeps us aware of the tasks for the day. This helps us take small steps to achieve bigger goals. You can learn how to set goals here.
However, how can we be accountable for taking actions in line with our to-do lists? How can we effectively motivate ourselves to keep going and be responsible for the fulfillment of our goals?
We learned how to compile a to-do list but no one taught us how to be accountable.
So we created something to make us accountable and we call it the “To-Do Accountability Sheet”. The great things about the sheet are:
It can only work if you have a to-do list.
It also gives you a chance to grade yourself.
You can track your execution frequency.
Your strengths and weakness will become clear to you.
You will learn to set SMART goals, upon evaluation of your execution
A good feeling lingers when you score high points.
How to use the To-Do Accountability Sheet
Write your to do list or download a to-do app. It is essential to do this a night before or the first thing in the morning. We recommend any.do app. It is simple to use and effective. You can also write it in your to do book or on a post-it.
Strike out what you get done based on the specific goal you set. e.g. If you wrote “Finish Afropreneur Presentation”, starting the presentation without completing it does not count. Ensure your goals are very specific but do not take on too much (African Elders say, do not bite more than you can chew).
At the end of the day, count the number of things you got done.
Divide that number by the number of things you had to do.
Multiply by 100 and insert the result (execution score) into the cell of that current date.
At the end of the month you will be able to analyze your execution frequency. You can also convert it to a graph.
If you notice an increase in scores and productivity over months, reward yourself.
To put this in perspective, if you have 15 things to do today, and you end up doing 10 completely bearing the specificity of that goal in mind. To calculate your score divide 10 by 15 and multiply by 100. 10/15 x 100 = 66.67%
Formula summary: (Number of things you get done ÷ Number of things on your to-do list) x 100 = Execution Score