Accountability GIFs – or “GIFcountability”

I’m a simple man. When I need accountability, I turn to Graphics Interchange Format files.

My friends and I have a running group chat in Facebook’s Workplace app. We use it mainly to coordinate our weekly mastermind accountability meetings, where we discuss our goals and failings and successes.

Increasingly, that chat has become a way for us all to stay in touch (across states and borders) throughout the week as we our work done. Some of it is nonsense, but some of it is a way for us to stay accountable to each other on our goals.

Any accountability is a powerful thing, but we do it our own way. If you happened upon our little chat, you would notice a lot of GIFs – a cat pounding away at a keyboard, Disney characters doing physical training, and things waking up – some posted without any further comment.

This cat is our personal growth coach

Meet GIFcountability, our little system for staying on top of our goals.

I was inspired to start this when one friend in the chat started using emojis to let our little group chat know that she was keeping her goal of waking up at a certain time every day.

It’s a small step from emojis to GIFs, and GIFs are much more fun and descriptive anyway.

My GIF of choice right now is the “Disney training montage GIF,” which makes a good match to my goal of daily early morning physical and mental training. Whenever I succeed in completing my morning routine, I post one of these babies up for the group chat.

“I can go the distance” – at least that’s what I tell myself on morning runs

Another friend posts a cat GIF daily when he finishes processing his inbox of tasks. Don’t ask me why.

GIFs are like many things on the internet – beyond explanation.

We could get the same accountability from plain-text, sure, but GIFcountability has several benefits:

  1. GIFs are just more fun for your accountability buddies. 
  2. GIFs are easy to make specific – if you’re trying to be accountable for avoiding junk food, for instance, you’ll find plenty of food and exercise GIFs waiting for you. 
  3. It’s a fun reward for a morning of hard work to scroll through a bunch of GIFs to find one you know will make your friends smile or laugh.

I encourage you to try it sometime. GIFcountability may be the way of the future.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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