Productivity Hack for Consultants: The Buddy Trick to Getting More Done

Do you want to get more done each week?

As a consultant it’s common to find yourself being distracted throughout the day.

Both by external forces:

  • Phone ringing
  • Email notifications
  • Children or Family
  • Deliveries
  • And the list goes on…

As well as from internal forces:

  • “Oh, I better check my Twitter account”
  • Facebook
  • Reading the news
  • Watching TV
  • Calling someone to chat
  • Walking around aimlessly
  • And those are just to name a few.

Set your schedule and live by a code where you manage your time to get more productive

Here’s the thing, you can control all of these.

You can set your schedule and live by a code where you manage your time to get more productive work done each and every day.

It’s really quite simple, yet it can be a real challenge.

There is a strategy that’s easy to implement and follow. Successful consultants and business people use it and you can too.

It’s called the “Accountability Buddy”

Here’s how it works…

You choose someone that you’ll call once a week or daily.

When you call them you tell them what you accomplished today and what you’re next going to accomplish.

The phone call or email doesn’t have to be long. It’s better if it’s short in fact.

The simple act of telling someone else, proclaiming, that you’re going to get something done, makes you accountable.

For example, you might call your buddy Roger and say:

“Hey Roger, next week I want know I need to get this proposal out to XYZ Inc. So that’s my goal.”

Of course you’ll have some small talk. Roger is a person after all and has feelings!

One week later you’ll contact Roger and tell him how you did.

The simple act of telling someone else, proclaiming, that you’re going to get something done, makes you accountable.

Accountability is Key

And for most consultants and solo professionals that find themselves not productive as they’d like to be, this accountability is key.

Feeling accountable you’ll push yourself to get more done. Why? Because it feels crappy having to tell your buddy that you constantly don’t follow through and that you suck at getting things done. No one wants that.

Give it a Shot

This is a simple productivity strategy that works. It can be one-way (if it’s a good friend or a coach or mentor you are working with) or two-way (invite your friend to do the same thing and you can ‘compete’ with each other to get more done).

Give it a shot for 30 days. You’ll find yourself being more productive than you ever imagined.

PS. One website you might find helpful for this is called Goal Buddy.

 

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