The Accountability Partner

by RS on October 19, 2009

I’ve been very neglectful to keep up with blogging on this site for a number of reasons. First, I was working on a few writing projects, which I’ll be posting at the end of the month. Second, I was looking for more freelance work since my PR client went on hiatus. Fourth, my client came back and I’m doing the 500 meter dash to get him more word of mom buzz for a new book and DVD that will be at Barnes & Noble starting in early November. Fifth, I moved.

All valid reasons, but I also have to admit I have been putzing around too much and have to rein myself back to a daily writing schedule. And that brings me to the topic of this post: the accountability partner.

I belong to the Internet Writing Workshop, specifically to the writing forum. On this list people write in about their issues and/or questions and comments about writing, publishing, books, and so forth. One member wrote in and asked if anyone was interested to be her accountability partner. What’s that exactly? It’s similar to an exercise or dieting buddy in which each week we set a couple of reasonable and doable goals, do them, and let our partner know whether we accomplished them or not. If we did, a high five; if we didn’t , we discuss what the hurdle was that prevented us to complete the said goals.

I have fallen behind with my two tasks, which were to complete the first draft of an article and to write a minimum of five pages for Julius, but I plan to have both completed by Wednesday’s call. The challenge for me is to meet my own self-imposed deadlines and, apart from the accountability partner, I have to come up with a way to change this bad habit or mindset.  

So without wasting anymore time, let’s get some writing and (working) done for the day.

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