“I’m constantly negotiating with myself over how hard to work, when to tackle the trickiest tasks, and when to take time off.”

As a business owner one of our biggest challenges can be learning how to be our own boss. How to prioritise our work – not client work or billable work but business growth work, creative work, sales and marketing work.

We can pretend the tasks are for an imaginary client, we can ask friends, family or a coach to hold us accountable but often the consequences never feel strong enough and we know the only person we’re really letting down is ourself which unfortunately we’re all too happy to do.

A growth coach I’m working right now uses a tactic where an uncompleted task brings with it a fine – a donation to a charity. That makes the consequence painful but it’s not a strategy you’d want to employ regularly or let’s face it you’d bankrupt your business.

This article, brought to my attention by Vix at The Practical Balance, suggests we use our future self for accountability and I think it’s the best suggestion I’ve heard yet.

Read the full article on Raptitude here

I’d love to know your thoughts. Have you learnt how to be your own boss? Share your tips on how you keep yourself accountable and productive with me at



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