As @justindirose mentioned in another post, it’s hard to find an accountability partner in the beginning.
I’ve taken the first steps into this “accountability” waters by dipping my toe in. Finding an accountability partner is like speed dating. It’s always scary and you never know what to expect.
Being on an island makes it a challenge to find an accountability partner in my vicinity. The only other way is to reach out to an online community and hope to find someone that will match your desire to be held accountable. Some will start off strong and then taper off after a few weeks. The magic of the accountability partner fades away.
In the meantime, I’ve actually been doing a lot of journal using the Day One app. I would write up some nugget or take a picture of something that might inspire me later. I’m basically talking to “future me” about some event or idea that flashed in my head. Not every new idea gets captured into my OmniFocus someday/maybe list. Some ideas need to get recorded into my journal. It gives me context about why I captured a thought and wanted to see it for later.
I tag the journal entry with some keywords such as #love , #vacationidea , #marriage , #kids , or something descriptive.
At the end of the month, I like to review the previous 4 weeks and look for ideas that I may have forgotten about. Reviewing the journal helps me to become accountable to myself. I know. It’s not the same as finding an accountability partner. but sometimes “today me” is looking at the “previous past me” to find something that irritated me or inspired me. “Today me” is looking for some gem to dig out of my journal entries and finding a way to polish it to help “future me.”
I think I’ve seen some accountability partners in the iOS app “Habitca”. That might be a way to find like-minded people. It is a productivity app that helps you find fellow adventurers in a Dungeons & Dragons styled game. Gain experience points (XP) by completing tasks. Help others by being accountable for each other. That might be the way to go.
Another app I’ve seen is coach.me
I haven’t used it much myself but that might be another avenue to cheer each other on.
But for now, Day One has been a way to keep myself accountable until I feel like sticking more than a toe into the accountability waters.