Accountability is often perceived as a threatening, uncomfortable and unfriendly word. The thought of it might cause feelings of stress, fear and discomfort.
These negative feelings stem from the accountability narrative that says 'if the task isn't done, you are in trouble'.
However, I want to change the context and narrative of how we understand accountability.
I believe accountability can actually be both encouraging and empowering.
Particularly for creatives, entrepreneurs and freelancers, accountability should be seen as an encouragement. Within the People On A Pursuit community, accountability is outworked as an encouragement.
The narrative is less, 'get on with it or there's trouble'
'I believe you've got this....and this could be transformative for you and your project - Go and get what you so deserve!'
One of our members, Darren Quinnell, holds down a full time job whilst pursuing an ambitious creative writing...
What task are you putting off, right now? Which of your priority tasks have been neglected recently? For whatever reason, there are probably some important tasks that you've let slip to the bottom of your todo list.
One of the most simple, yet most effective offerings of the People On A Pursuit Community is our weekly Power Hour. In short, it's 60 minutes of focused activity, with some friendly accountability to keep you on task.
We simply log on to zoom, share what task we are going to execute within the next hour, and then we switch off the camera and mic, until it's time to check back in at the end of the hour.
Actor, writer and member of People On A Pursuit, Mark Wisdom, regularly attends the power hour and finds them super effective. Mark a has used the power hour for a number of his projects over the last year. From learning lines for an acting role to planning schedules for a film production.
The majority of creatives have an inbuilt idea-crafting-machine working in the background of their brains, 24/7. Many of us can't help but constantly think of something bigger and better, or fresh and alternative.
But this idea-crafting-machine rarely gets switched off, and is relentless - For many, it's killing their productivity.
Too many creatives show signs of overwhelm, burnout and are anxious about practicalities, whether it be finding the next job or delivering work ahead of the deadline.
Every Monday, I facilitate a zoom call with members of the People On A Pursuit community. The premise of these zoom calls are to help them make traction towards their creative goals, on a regular basis - Avoiding distractions, staying focused on the tasks that make a difference and maximising the skills and experience of the group to overcome obstacles.
Here's three major advantages for those struggling to execute on a creative...
Boris Johnson says cheese and coffee can distract when working from home...
Well if you know me well, you'll know that I take it one step further, and regularly work from a coffee shop.
If anything, it aids my productivity, is just as energising and actually stimulates just as many, if not more ideas than if I were in an office.
When events were cancelled due to covid, (even my 'work do's') , I set up an online community of people on a pursuit to help with productivity.
It's a small bunch of creative types, who all 'work from home', and if results are anything to go by, they are most definitely productive.
There's no cheese in sight.
All of the members are making incredible progress because of three simple things;
They’ve defined a repeatable task that predictably leads them to the result they want
They’ve got the collective wisdom of others on a similar pursuit.
It's as simple...