Since I have been trying to be more productive, more organized, and more intentional with the things that I do, I’ve been focusing on planning quite a bit. I’ve worked out most of my planner but still have a few things that I am struggling with. The weekly review is one of the things I’m struggling with.
I tend to find most productivity tips to be useless for me. I did however see value in the regular reviews proposed in GTD by David Allen. Most of GTD (Getting Things Done) seems like busy work to me. It’s bottom up planning and my brain as well as my soul rejects it. I completely understand how it could be a life saver for some. I would drown in it. As I’ve mentioned a few times, I’m a top down planner who has a problem with the down part. I see the reviews as an important way for me to start addressing the down part.
I’ve been working on breaking down my goals into steps as well as figuring out how to track my progress on those steps. Reviews can help me make sure that I remain on target. I don’t really do a daily review, but I am interested in monthly, weekly, and yearly reviews. I’m starting with weekly reviews.
In my last post, I showed you where it was going to be in my planner. Since then I came up with something to try out.
I started by sketching it out in the notebook on the left. I knew I was going to experiment with answering questions and listing things, but I wasn’t sure what the questions and lists were going to be. You can’t see all of the erasing I did but I went through a few different options before I came up with something I liked.
I decided that I would list what I finished in order to maintain a sense of positivity and accomplishment. I am listing what is unfinished so I know what to prioritize the next week. I’m also listing my next steps. The next steps part is experimental. I am working on breaking down my goals into steps. The idea is that I can accomplish a step, or make progress on a step each week and then decide on what I need to focus on next.
I like the idea of having assessment questions that I can ask myself in my reviews. Being honest with myself and keeping a critical eye on myself is pretty vital. There are a lot of things I’m adjusting and trying to get a handle on in my life and self assessment is key. So while I like the idea of the questions, I’m not so sure how I feel about the questions I’ve picked. Here they are:
- What did I do well?
- What didn’t work?
- What changes need made?
- What progress was made?
They are a good start though, so we’ll see what develops.
So every Sunday I’ll do this review and for now, my weekly review ritual will be:
- Mind sweep
- Complete Weekly Review section
- Draw out next week’s pages
- Plan the next week
I hope this gives you some ideas for your own weekly review or encourages you to try it if you aren’t doing it already. I’m excited to have more structure to mine and an actual process set up!0