When you work on your own, it’s sometimes really hard to keep at a big goal and cross the finish line. Sustaining your momentum while there is so much to be done, day-to-day, is not easy.
Especially when the boss of you is you, right? It’s hard to be accountable to yourself for everything. It’s easy to slough off those deadlines and working sessions you so beautifully integrated into your calendar.
Today, 3 strategies to get to the finish line. I’ll be sharing how these worked for me as I created my ADHD workbook: Change Your Habits: ADHD Style. If you have more trouble getting started than finishing, read this article.
Accountability partners: The magic tool for solo workers
Without an accountability partner, this big goal of mine would never have happened …. or taken a decade to complete [or so it felt at first!]
Big goals are hard to work on as a solo project. Who holds the deadlines? My boss, which is me. Who gets me unstuck? I can’t do it on my own; I’m the one who is stuck, so it’s my accountability partner [who is also a coach]. Who cares almost as much as I do about finishing? My accountability partner.
Choosing the right person is key, so figure out first what you need and then start looking. [I’m of course happy to talk with you about my accountability approach with clients. I’m told it’s a no judgment, learning zone.]
I used to believe that if you are self-motivated enough, you can get through anything. Now, I believe, and have for awhile, that it simply doesn’t need to be that hard. Enlist others and
there are all kinds of advantages…. particularly, but not exclusively, if you work on your own.
When I needed extra momentum, I told more people
I posted on all my social media accounts and the comments poured forth! A little bit of extra momentum to keep at it never hurts! If you’re working on a project and you need some extra energy, which platform could you post on?
I enlisted help to finish, when I was 98% done.
Towards the end of the workbook, when I’d been at it awhile and nearly had the content memorized, my energy flagged.
I have more trouble finishing things than I do starting. At the outset, it’s new and exciting and shiny.
Nearing the end, it’s getting close to when others may judge my work. Or I’m tired of the detail work [not my strength]. Or I feel like I’ve worked on it long enough, so “it should be done by now.”
It’s hard to get back to it. But if you don’t finish, then that great idea is all for nothing, isn’t it? You’re not following through on what you believe. And what kind of business owner or person does that make me?
Enter Janet Barclay. I knew that if I didn’t enlist her time and expertise, I’d be sitting on this project for weeks to come. I knew she’d figure out things faster than I could. So I asked and within days, the workbook was truly done. That last push was tremendously helpful to get me back on the rails again.
And I was proud of myself for realizing that when I’m nearly at the finish line and I have trouble crossing, I need to reach out. 98% is not done.
It is still my content, and in many ways, it feels better to know that people have helped me to the finish line.
Take a minute and think: are you better at starting or finishing? Where is the key issue for you with your big goals?
p.s. If you’d like to talk accountability with me, or figure out better starting and/or finishing strategies for yourself, email or call me for a 20 minute discussion of how this might play out if we worked together. Phone: 603-554-1948.