While working remotely, it has become quite easy to get distracted and lose track of time. So how do you stay focused when Youtube, your cozy bed, and your fridge are just a couple of steps away from your workspace? 😅
Simple. You need to be accountable.
Making specific commitments
While making commitments to my colleagues in meetings and chat tools, I follow a specific structure. I share what I have planned to accomplish and within what period. For example: I plan to get this code review done by the end of the day.
By committing to perform a specific activity by a specific date, you are held responsible for that job and you would naturally strive to ensure that it gets fulfilled. It is also good to share your progress along the way to reassure that you are on the right path and to also course-correct if necessary.
After completing work, I spend some time reviewing it. This allows me to see both the quality of it and the speed at which I was able to get it done. I also list down the things that had gone wrong and what I can do to improve them hereafter.
Finally, if anything is going to be a motivating factor in holding yourself accountable, it is going to be your own desire to produce quality work.
How do you stay accountable while working from home?