Traveling so much lately, for both work and play, made me realize that for as much as we talk about responsibility, accountability, and disciple around here, I’m sorely lacking those qualities in my private life.
I haven’t worked out in forever, my blogging has been subpar and sporadic, and my other writings have been almost non-existent. My eating is frankly disgusting, my sleep has been troubled and intemperate, and my restlessness and wanderlust are fitful, and growing.
One of the reasons we preach accountability in politics is that saying “trust me” is often a recipe for patronage, corruption, and inefficiency. The same factors are at play in my personal life. Tonight I promise myself I’ll go to the gym, but I will probably crack a beer, eat a burger, and say I’ll do it tomorrow. No one really knows but me. Good thing I’m not administering millions of dollars in stimulus funds, or my budget might have a looming coronary.
One of the reasons I started this space was to have some way of holding myself accountable, of some measurable, tangible responsibility, even if I’m the only one who would know if I missed it. Public shame as motivation; better than none?
So tonight, I’ll force myself to the hotel gym, and probably read some instapaper links. What methods do you all use to keep yourselves accountable for things? What doesn’t work? How can we make those things work in a community setting? Or should I just wait for the government to regulate some exercise or writing or blogging time for me?