Be Accountable: Do You have AP’s ™?

Have you ever needed to do something and lacked the motivation? I have struggled with this in the past and often in the present. I would start a project and in the middle of it I would find something more interesting to do and move on to it before I finished. My I (idea) to I (implementation) ratio was very low.  It was around 5:1. I needed help. I had to find a way to increase my I:I. I came up with the idea of having an AP™.

An AP™ is an accountability partner. The AP is who you report to about the status of your project, idea or task to be sure that you are held accountable.  Here’s my example: I needed to recreate my script for my meditation cd before I could record it in the studio. My AP for this project was Wendy Y. She is one of my regular AP’s so I called her and told her what I needed to do and by when. The role of the AP is simple and specific.

The AP needs to know two things; 1. What needs to be done and 2. When it needs to be done. When I started using an AP™ my ratio was much better, it was 2:1.

Why did I need an AP? I needed to be held accountable. I knew that I couldn’t depend on motivation and inspiration to get me through, I needed discipline and commitment.  Knowing I had to call Wendy Y on April 29th kept me focused and I was determined to call her and say, “Wendy Y, I finished my cd script early.”  And I did. I often complete things faster when I have an AP involved.Why does this strategy work? Often time we are more accountable to someone else than we are to themselves. The AP approach works very well for me and I encourage you to try it.

There are three easy steps, here’s what you do:
1.  Who – decide who will be your AP™.
2.  What – decide what you need to get done.
3.  When – tell your AP when you need to have your project/task completed- be realistic.

What happens if you don’t get your project/task done by the timeframe you desired? Let your AP know the new timeframe, if you are still interested in completed the project/task.If things have changed, you can always find another project/task. There is always something to be done.Your AP can be different people based on what you are trying to accomplish. If you are on a team with people, you may choose to pick someone involved on that team. An AP is a great way to develop and enhance discipline around specific projects and get things done more timely.

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What kind of friends do you have?

One of my life philosophies is – What you believe you achieve. What you give you receive. And who you spend your time with you become more like.  What kind of friends do you have?  Are they people who encourage you, love you and support you?

Yesterday I went to wash my clothes and my washing machine didn’t work.  Well, I’ve had some problems with it for a few months so it wasn’t a great surprise and it was 13 years old.  I called on of my salsa girlfriends, Bonnie, to let her know our plans for the Wednesday night Salsa might have to change since I would need to wash clothes. My nephew Byron is graduating with his MBA in Project Management ( I am soooo proud of him) and I’m leaving town on Thursday.

Before I could even finish the story about the washing machine… Bonnie says, “So you coming over to wash your clothes, I’ll be up for awhile.”  It was 9:45pm. Now that is a friend.

A few minutes later I was catching up with my friend LaVonda, who has become a new mother (she has adopted her 7 yr old niece and has her mother living with her) and mentioned the washer and she also offered to have me come over. Now that is a friend.

What kind of friends do you have? These are just two of the wonderful group of friends I have and I am so grateful for them.

As you are living by design? Ask yourself- What kind of friends do I have?  Tell me about some of your FABULOUS FRIENDS.