So this is a prototype of a supplemental accountability tracking sheet I’ve been marinating on during my travels. For the last serveral months I’ve been subscribing to a number of automated and application based accountability programs. I’m finding them to be missing what I think is the most critical element for accountability– a relationship. Putting this to the side for now, I want to discuss the other shortcoming (from my perspective)– and I’ve been having trouble articulating this in my mind– the lack of what I’ll call “administrative burden”, or “physical affirmation exercise.” When all your goals are populated in an app it’s easy to mentally soften their edges as the days pass, and then it becomes merely swiping or tapping to dismiss rather than answering the question “did I today?” with any amount of meaningful thought and vigor. I think, at least for me and I suspect for others as well, that there’s an accountability, self-ownership, and reinforcement benefit to writing things out on paper the old fashioned way and doing so regularly.
This morning I scribbled out a weekly ceiling and a weekly floor bucket for my mom based on a conversation we had during lunch at a roadside fish stand. In words, activities which should be done minimum number of times per week (floor activities), and those activities that should be limited (ceiling activities). These aren’t arbitrary– they’re designed with the end in mind, but also within the 80/20 framework (you can’t be perfect; good enough will work).
Soon I’ll have a more full-blown example, using myself as guinea pig at some point, and I’ll let you all know how effective it is in promoting and reinforcing the actions that will contribute to my goals.