I have lunch on Mondays with a small group of fellow real estate investors. Some of them refer to it as a “Master Mind Group”, but I prefer to think of it as an “Accountability Group.” Semantics aside, I have to say that verbally committing to tasks and then having to report on my completion of them has really helped me build momentum around the day-to-day tasks that go into this business. We share and compare ideas, challenge each other to raise our sights in whatever we’re doing, but most importantly, we hold each other accountable for what we said we were going to do the previous week.
One idea that arose out of the group a couple of weeks ago was the importance of journaling at night as a way of reviewing the day’s activity. I started keeping a “done list” as sort of a cheat sheet for what I was getting accomplished during the day. Instead of simply marking tasks off my To-Do list, I deliberately write out what I just finished doing. Not only did this help me start to realize that I really am getting a lot done during the day, but there is very different kind of satisfaction in writing them out rather than marking them off.
My version of journaling consists of Tim Ferris’ 5 minute journal. Check it out!