Going through your weekly review - Deepstash

Going through your weekly review

  • Be objective: Try your best to take an unbiased look at your week and lean on objective measures of your performance for the week.
  • Be efficient: Move from one checklist item to the next without lingering too long in any one area.
  • Be kind: Instead of beating yourself up about a bad week, gently reflect on what went wrong and plan for a more productive week ahead.

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MORE IDEAS FROM The Weekly Review: A Productivity Ritual to Get More Done

The weekly review

It’s dedicated time to think about the past week, reflect on what went well and what didn’t, and plan for the week ahead. 

It’s a chance to get aligned with your goals and ensure that the work you’re doing on a daily basis is helping you reach them

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  • Get Clear: process all your loose-ends.
  • Get Current: make sure all your items are up to date.
  • Get Creative: come up with new ideas to improve how you live and work.

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...  to ask yourself during your weekly review:

  • How do I feel I did this week overall?
  • What enabled me to reach my goals this week?
  • Has anything stopped me from reaching my goals this week?
  • How can I improve for next week?
  • What can I do next week that will set me up for my long-term goals?

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  • Choose your weekly review day, time, and place: Consistency will keep you on track when motivation won’t. Keep your weekly review at the same time on the same day every week.
  • Create your weekly review checklist: Have a checklist handy that details exactly what you’ll go through during your weekly review.

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  • You gain an objective view of the week: a weekly review forces you to practice intention by taking time to pause and reflect as you consider what you did versus what you planned to do.
  • You become proactive in planning: a weekly review isn’t only a retrospective, but a prospective too. It lets you run through the upcoming Monday to Friday proactively.

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David Allen
“… the Weekly Review is the critical success factor for marrying your larger commitments to your day-to-day activities.”

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