Being Accountable to Scheduled Time

By Mike Maddaloni on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 12:20 AM with 1 comments

At the tail end of the dot-com boom I talked with a friend who just got laid off from his job. He was distraught, and concerned about finding another job. Having gone through this myself earlier in the year, he asked for my advice on how to approach being without work. My answer was not what he expected. I told him to take advantage of this time – sure he was unemployed, but he had a block of time to take care of things or do thing he otherwise wouldn’t. Sure, he should be looking for work, but my managing the time and not letting it manage you, balance can be achieved.

Several weeks after our conversation I talked with him and asked him how things were going. He told me that he did not have a job yet, but that he took my advice… and went to Vegas! Shortly after we talked he was gainfully employed again, hopefully paying for whatever memories stayed on his trip.

I recalled this story as I sat down to write my first blog post in almost a week, the longest period I have gone without writing anything. I even missed Wordless Wednesday last week! Though it would be nice to say I went to Las Vegas that did not happen, instead a cornucopia of tasks and events that kept me busy, productive and feeling both capitalistic and philanthropic, but nonetheless kept me away from blogging.

Where many times I talk about how things only happen when you schedule them, this is only half the battle. One must also be accountable to that schedule. When it is just you, it is easy to let things slip or other things take priority. The mere fact that something got done ends up being the justification, even if whatever was done was not at the top of the list.

There are many ways to be more accountable. Software can track your time, running in the background as you are doing whatever on your computer. Friends, colleagues and even family can review your tasks and schedules to make sure everything is on track. But in the end it is up to you, and there’s no time like the present to start down the track of accountability.

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