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4 Ways to Be More Accountable

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ADVERTISEMENT When making goals of any size, make sure you’re following the research-backed SMART strategy:The more specific a goal, the better it is to hold yourself accountable.

For example, if you say, “I want to read more books this month,” you’re opening up a lot of wiggle room for excuses. You might read just one extra book, or you might end up struggling to fit books into your schedule at all.

A better, more specific goal is “I want to read three books this month. I will set aside two hours each Saturday and Sunday to dedicate to reading.” This means you know three books are a must-do, and you have an excellent way to make that happen.Abstract goals sound nice in concept, but they’re terrible at holding you accountable.

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