Holding Yourself Accountable – Organizing The Homestead Series

by Suzan Ferreira

Learning how to hold yourself accountable will assist in achieving those goals when your resolve begins to dwindle.

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So you’ve set your goals, written them down, and scheduled them out, beginning the new year with excitement and firm resolve to meet each and every one of them. But as time passes, the ability to maintain the same level of excitement and determination begins to wane.

A new year has begun. You have your word, set your goals, written them down, and made a plan to institute them. If you haven’t made it that far yet, no worries. Be sure to check out the first in our series, Goal Setting – Organizing The Homestead, for some great suggestions to help you on your way!

Having the above set and determined is the first step. Taking action and actually completing the steps needed to accomplish said goals is the next, & possibly the hardest step. We are all eager and excited when first beginning. Come a month or two thereafter, it gets harder to maintain that enthusiasm. Often to the detriment of staying on track and accomplishing those goals set. What is the key to success in completing those goals? Accountability.

WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY

What exactly is accountability? Accountability according Merriam-Webster Dictionary is;

“the quality or state of being accountable, especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions”

Merriam-Webster

This noun is also known as a “fact or condition of being accountable”. In other words, taking ownership of one’s decisions & being responsible to oneself for their own actions.

The word itself, “accountability”…how does it make you feel? What kind of emotions does the word invoke within you? Does it make you all warm and fuzzy inside? Or does it make you feel like you’ve done something really wrong? For me, this word throws me right back to my childhood years…and not in such a good way 🙂

This word makes me feel like I’m ten again and being disciplined for a serious infraction. A punishment. Fast forward a few decades and the word still has a negative connotation associated with it.

In reality, there is no positive without negative. As Buddha says,

“There is no light without darkness”

Buddha

In “goal speak”, there is no success without accountability. By re-defining or rewiring our response to the word itself, we are paving the way for success. We are ultimately answerable for our own actions. Period.

WHY IS ACCOUNTABILITY IMPORTANT

Why is accountability important? In a nutshell, without accountability, we simply could not be successful in reaching our goals.

“No more excuses. Hold yourself accountable and crush your goals.”

Gymquotes.co

HOW DOES ACCOUNTABILITY LEAD TO SUCCESS

As stated, accountability is accepting responsibility for your own actions. Being willing to be answerable for one’s own decisions, actions, or lack thereof. By taking ownership of our own actions, we become empowered to make the appropriate plan needed to create success.

For example, take our goal of completing our driveway. In order to complete this goal we need to set the steps, evaluating, finalizing layout, assessing costs & getting quotes, ordering & scheduling supplies and equipment, and finally setting the schedule & deadlines for completion.

Goal Setting - Organizing The Homestead Series goal sheet filled out with an example
  • By utilizing our Goal sheet, we define our goal = completing the drive and landscaping the front yard. You can grab your copy of our goal sheet, part of our complete, 12 page, homestead and farm goal setting & tracking planner by visiting our Etsy shop to assist you in this process.
  • We next break this goal down into obtainable steps.
  • From each step we then break down even further into actionable tasks that need to be completed in order to accomplish each step.

Once you have your goal sheet completed you can then begin to add these individual tasks to our weekly task sheet. Be sure to grab your complete Homestead & Farm Goal Setting Tracking Planner! This printable download consists of 12 adorable sheets to help guide you in the process of achieving your goals throughout the year, not just in January 😉

Weekly task sample worksheet printable
Goal and project tracker printable worksheet listing date, project, notes and more

By being accountable, one would realize that by not completing anything in step 2 (assessing the cost & creating the final layout), there is no way that the goal of completing the drive would ultimately be completed. Taking ownership of that fact allows us to rely on only us and stop pointing the finger at someone else for not completing the task.

“You fail all the time, but your aren’t a failure until you start blaming someone else”

Burn Phillips

By figuring out what needs to be done, problem-solving any issues that may arise, and taking action creates a sense of empowerment. It’s this empowerment that then leads to success.

STEPS TO STAY ACCOUNTABLE

Now that we have a clear definition of what it means to be accountable we now can implement steps to ensure we will remain accountable to our goals.

  • Know Your Goal – Know why you are setting the goal in the first place. Be detailed, definite, and concise with your goal.
  • Write Out Goal – As suggested in “Setting Goals”, writing something down makes it definitive, more real. Writing them down helps maintain a clear focus of that goal and assists with keeping on track.
  • Identify Mission – Identifying the mission of the goal will assist in creating a clear picture of the end result you wish to accomplish for that goal.
  • Reward – Give yourself a small reward & a pat on the back for goals met. This doesn’t have to cost money or be extravagant. It can be as simple as giving yourself 15 minutes to relax and enjoy your results with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
  • Mindset – Be in the right mindset. Be positive. Be committed to seeing it through. Nobody completed a goal going into it with a negative mindset.
  • Visualize – Visualize in your mind what the end result will look like. My driveway is inviting, neat, and beautiful…just sayin’.
  • Be Prepared – Preparation is key for success. Don’t skip steps, be thorough in writing out the goal, scheduling the steps & tasks, and tracking your progress.
  • Discuss The Goal – Talk about the goal with others. Brag a bit about what you want to accomplish, make it known.
  • Revisit – Revisit your goals weekly, monthly, & quarterly. Check-in often and be willing to adjust where necessary.
  • Journal | Track Progress – Utilize the Goal & Project Tracker sheet to write down your progress of each goal.
  • Vision Board – If you are a visual person, consider creating a vision board and display it in a prominent area of your home where you see it daily.
  • Time – Give yourself time to complete the goal. Realize, Rome was not built in a day.
  • Flexibility – Be flexible. Realize life happens and allow yourself to be flexible with deadlines & schedules.

GOAL SETTING ACCOUNTABILITY APPS

Technology is a wonderful thing at times. If you are more technically inclined and prefer that method to good old fashioned pen and paper, apps may be the ticket for you. There are now available a multitude of goal setting and tracking apps available. Everything from free apps such as Evernote and Wunderlist to paid apps such as Habit List and Way Of Life. Our friends over at Lifehack have a wonderfully comprehensive list of 20 different apps where you will find something to suit everyone’s needs.

“Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to the result”.

Bob Proctor

Goals can be a tricky thing. Making them is only a small aspect of the big picture. It’s when we hold ourselves accountable that we gain success and quite frankly, happiness. I’m sorry I succeeded….said no one ever 🙂

Hopefully, these tips and tools will have you remaining accountable for all your goals. What works for you already? Love for you to share your thoughts & tips by joining the conversation below!

Love, Light, & Laughter ~

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50 comments

Jerri January 14, 2021 - 2:41 am

Great post! Love the printables! Thanks for sharing at Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week.

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Cindy January 28, 2020 - 6:05 am

Great step by step suggestions. Accountability is a journey of the self and so much can be discovered. I actually began blogging as an accountability tool!

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Lisa January 22, 2020 - 5:40 pm

What a wonderful way to stay organized..I love this!

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Beatriz Herrera January 20, 2020 - 2:46 pm

Thanks ! This is great way to set up goals 🙂

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Suzan Ferreira January 20, 2020 - 3:39 pm

And to hold yourself accountable to them 🙂

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T.M. Brown January 20, 2020 - 12:07 am

What a great step by step process – love the printables, too!!!

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Suzan Ferreira January 20, 2020 - 11:24 am

Thank you!

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Michele January 18, 2020 - 9:45 pm

I love the step by step process and the worksheets! I am a true believer in the accountability factor!

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Marilyn Lesniak January 16, 2020 - 12:31 am

Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

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Shirley January 15, 2020 - 7:52 pm

This is a fantastic post. I do have issues with accountability. I haven’t pin pointed why, but I do know I do. This is very helpful to me. thank you!

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Suzan Ferreira January 16, 2020 - 11:38 am

So glad you found it useful, Shirley! Many thanks for reading.

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Melissa Jones January 15, 2020 - 4:32 am

Those are great tools to make organization easy!

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Christina Furnival January 15, 2020 - 4:19 am

Super helpful and impressive! Thanks!

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Robin January 15, 2020 - 4:18 am

Really appreciate the accountability steps- I totally need those as I start off well, but don’t always maintain my motivation to the end. I also love the related quotes that you have throughout, very clever! Thanks!

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Tricia Snow January 15, 2020 - 3:38 am

I would imagine you would have to be super organized on a homestead. Regardless, these are great tips for organization!

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Caitlin Westwood January 15, 2020 - 2:19 am

Your images and worksheets are great! I so agree that writing down my goals helps to keep me accountable for sure! Thanks for this post!

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Tara January 15, 2020 - 1:07 am

A great post especially as we are just into the new year! I love your worksheets, they look really great!

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Vanessa January 14, 2020 - 11:17 pm

This is good stuff…..Accountability is a stickler around February when the resolutions start to feel overwhelming. Thanks for this.

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Trisha January 14, 2020 - 9:25 pm

These are absolutely perfect! Just what I’ve been looking for. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Susan January 14, 2020 - 8:25 pm

Great post. You make it look so easy… and pretty.

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Stacey Billingsley January 14, 2020 - 7:27 pm

I’ve realized that I have to set deadlines for my goals or they just keep getting pushed back. If it’s important to me, I have to make it happen. These organizers are a great way to do that, especially when life gets crazy busy! Thank you!

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Amy Irvin January 14, 2020 - 5:27 pm

This post is really helpful. I need this so much! I will pin it!

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Suzan Ferreira January 14, 2020 - 5:29 pm

Thank you, Amy!

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Karen January 14, 2020 - 5:18 pm

Your worksheets are so pretty!

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Brianna January 14, 2020 - 3:18 pm

I really love the steps you provided and I can’t wait to make time to make my vision board!

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Jen January 14, 2020 - 1:43 am

I love this post – so rich with quality tips! Also loved the quotes throughout it. Thanks for another helpful post, Suzan.

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Cindy January 13, 2020 - 11:45 pm

I am always good for a couple days then slowly tank. I did find this write up very readable though-great job!

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Malia January 13, 2020 - 9:06 pm

Yes! Accountability is HUGE. I found a friend who has a similar goal as mine this year, and we became accountability partners. We meet either in person or via text every Friday to discuss what we accomplished and goals for the next week. It helps to have a buddy to keep the enthusiasm going!

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Suzan Ferreira January 14, 2020 - 11:12 am

Having an accountability partner definitely does work as does keeping that enthusiasm up! Thanks so much for reading, Malia.

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Maria G January 13, 2020 - 8:55 pm

I find that word inspiring these days! I think it’s easier when you have specific goals.

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Katherine Wolfe January 13, 2020 - 8:44 pm

This is the first year that I have a list of GOALS for 2020 and an accountability tracker too! I’m super excited!

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Suzan Ferreira January 13, 2020 - 8:57 pm

That’s wonderful, Katherine! May the force be with us this year for holding ourselves accountable 🙂

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Beth January 13, 2020 - 8:32 pm

I always love browsing through your blog with its blend of organization, homemade items and foods. It’s certainly the time for goal-setting! I appreciate the printables – both my daughter-in-law and I prefer paper for such tasks.

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Suzan Ferreira January 13, 2020 - 8:43 pm

I’m so glad you are enjoying it, Beth! Call me old fashioned as well, I still prefer pen to paper. Thanks for reading!

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Lora Rovegna January 13, 2020 - 7:52 pm

I keep saying I need to write down the things I need to do and the things I want to do but I never do. I feel like it would be helpful in keeping my life organized and help me to get more things done.

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Suzan Ferreira January 13, 2020 - 8:44 pm

It definitely does that! Be sure to grab your copies of the FREE printables. May they inspire you to put pen to paper 🙂

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Lisa Manderino January 13, 2020 - 7:49 pm

These are fantastic printables! So cool!

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Charlene January 13, 2020 - 7:01 pm

Accountability is one of the most important parts of goal-setting. If you’re not accountable, then what motivation do you have to succeed? Thanks for the post.

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Sydney Delong January 13, 2020 - 6:09 pm

Great read!

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Angela January 13, 2020 - 6:06 pm

As a business owner, this helps a lot! All your bullet points are so true & will help anyone succeed through accountability- thx

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Beth January 13, 2020 - 5:56 pm

Love a good dose of accountability and using task lists and goals has always been a great way for me. I really enjoyed the Webster quote – go figure right? Thank you for outlining some of this – great reminders for a long proclaimed planner!

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Robin January 13, 2020 - 4:15 pm

Love this! It’s so important for us to hold ourselves accountable in every aspect of our life. Thank you!

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Jennifer January 13, 2020 - 4:11 pm

Thanks for sharing the tips on being accountable towards achieving your goals.

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Heather January 13, 2020 - 3:56 pm

I love this post. I was just talking about accountability and writing it all out at a department meeting. I get so much more accomplished with a written plan.

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Suzan Ferreira January 13, 2020 - 8:47 pm

Me too, Heather! Thank you for stopping by.

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D'Ann January 13, 2020 - 3:31 pm

Thank you for the thorough post and worksheets. I’m great at setting goals, but you’re right, a few weeks in, I’ve forgotten all about them and I’m on to another. I’m going to use these!

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Suzan Ferreira January 13, 2020 - 8:48 pm

Thank you, D’Ann! Glad you found them useful.

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Lucy January 13, 2020 - 2:40 pm

“I’m sorry I succeeded…said no one ever” 😂😂 LOVE IT! But is very true!

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Magan January 13, 2020 - 2:16 pm

What a great piece to read on a Monday morning! I need to put these into practice.

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Holly January 13, 2020 - 1:36 pm

I love this post.. so inspiring and really helped me with goal setting for this year.. I will be w6on my planner today! Thank you!

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