Now, you might be asking yourself: “what is she talking about? Of, course I do complete work.” I will assert that we all think we do complete work, but few of us are masters of doing complete work. We, myself included, make assumptions about all the aspects of a particular assignment or task that we are doing; and, we rely on our brains to remember all that there needs to be completed. We also don’t use the structures we have in place to keep us on track or accountable. And if we work with partners or have employees, we do the same with them: we make assumptions they are doing complete work and we don’t hold them accountable along the way. These habits are the very things that scuttle our efforts to move things forward quickly. These habits are what need to be interrupted so that we can begin to do complete work and accomplish our goals with velocity.
Now the question is how do we go about breaking those bad habits that we may not even be aware that we are doing? Great question! I’m still discovering it for myself, and I’ll share what I’ve learned so far:
- Schedule time daily to review the breakdown of the task that was given or review the description of your accountability. That way it will always be present and top of mind and you will not overlook a critical component.
- Create a plan and timeline that addresses all aspects of the goal/accountability and write it down!
- Update the plan on a daily basis.
- Enlist an accountability partner and share everything with them as two sets of eyes on a project are better than one.
- Give up any resistance to being held accountable! Resistance is futile! It only causes suffering and delays.
- INSPECT EVERTHING! Be a stickler for the details. Go through everything looking for what’s missing. This is especially important when there are multiple people working on the same project. Inspect everything that is submitted as complete.
- NEVER ASSUME! This is key when working with others. Never assume that they have done complete work. Always, check to make sure everything they have said they’ve done was actually completed.
- OWN EVERYTHING! Especially when working with others. Act as if you own every part of the project. Their work is your work.
This is what I’ve discovered so far about breaking bad habits that had me cut corners in the past. Back then I could get away with it, and now I’m playing a much bigger game in my life and my business, so short cuts don’t cut it anymore! Take the time to do it right the first time around and you will find that things will start to move with velocity towards your goals.