We all have our weekly rituals;
the show on TV that you NEVER miss on Thursdays,
the weekly dance class,
or maybe dinner with the family on Sunday nights.
My personal MUST HAVE is my weekly review or weekly audit.
Armed with my calendar and schedule from the last week, to do lists, and notes – and maybe a snack (and by snack I mean dessert of some sort LOL ) – I take a bit of time to assess the overall success of the week in the different areas of my life.
By taking one hour of my Sunday afternoon to review the previous week and plan for the upcoming one; I set up self up for a successful and productive week.
You can choose any day that works best for your schedule to plan review your week, however I do recommend you do this to close your week for a fresh and focused start to the upcoming one.
Like all things in life, the processes you have in place to get things done need consistent review. Things just need tweaks and updates—this helps us create business, products, ideas, and lives that improve overtime.
The best part about utilizing the weekly review is it creates a system of checks and balances within your own process. You create the lists, carry out the action item throughout the week, and then check your progress at the end. Then tweak and repeat. You can gauge your success by how aligned your actions are to the goals you have previously set out.
A weekly review is a focused period of time to reflect and analyze the previous week. It encompasses a review of the things you were able/unable to accomplish over the week, your goals, and a time management review. Reflections on your emotional, physical, and relationship goals are also a big part of this review process. There is little pleasure in a one- note life and we should take care of our relationship and emotional health as well as strive to be more efficient and productive in our work and business lives.
Having a great week starts with knowing what makes it successful or unsuccessful. Reviewing and reflecting on the previous weeks events helps to create a custom process for your week that not only works for you, but will also teach you about how you think and carry out accomplishing your goals in the most efficient way. Utilizing the weekly review insures that your to do list planning is effective and leads to weekly growth. It is a clear way to accomplish your goals and stay on target without things slipping through the cracks.
This method is not just for becoming more organized and productive. The objective of auditing your week and following this method is the exploration and understanding of you as an individual operates. It is simply creating a process that helps you reach your long and short-term goals and intentional helps you grow and better yourself as a person on a weekly and even daily basis.
My review process includes 5 steps
• REVIEW YOUR GOALS
• INSPECT LAST WEEKS
• TAKE STOCK
• CREATE NEW WEEK GOALS
• PLAN FOR IMPROVEMENT
REVIEW YOUR GOALS
The key to knocking out your goals is to have a clear intentional connection between that which you aim to achieve and the daily actions you take. When you review your week begin with a clear idea of what you are trying to achieve. Breaking down your goals to categories will help with sorting short term and long term goals and creating to -dos or “action items” that will be planned after your review.
If you have not already taken some time to write out your goals, I suggest doing so ASAP. Sort your goals into categories for a loose timeline of what you wish to accomplish.
SHORT TERM GOALS
MID TERM GOALS
LONG TERM GOALS
REVIEW LAST WEEKS SUCCESS + CALENDAR
Now that you know what your goals are, you are now in a better position to assess if the actions you have taken in the previous week are aligned with those goals.
You may discover you are right on track with a goal you set three months ago because you have consistently scheduled 2 hours a week to work on that special project. The review of your previous process shows that it works and this part of your planning is in good shape! So keep this method going in your future planning to continue success.
Alternately, you may realize that you are not scheduling enough time for a certain activity and therefore can edit this when planning your week.
What goals did I set and accomplish last week?
Why was a successful?
Why was I unsuccessful?
What can I add or change to my process to get my desired outcome?
How long have the incomplete goals been on my list?
Was I happy this week? How did I feel?
Did I help others? Did I make others happy or sad? Etc.
What did I learn?
Ask yourself questions and answer honestly about how you spend your time, how efficient you are, and if you are keeping a balanced view to how to plan your week.
Remember, you want to be productive, but “getting things done” is not the most important part of creating a weekly plan. Time with family, friends, and yourself should also be considered when creating your plan and so take special care to consider when reviewing.
TAKE STOCK OF THINGS TO DO
Remember that leftover to do list and those random floating sticky notes you accumulated throughout the week with things to get done? —Yeah, go ahead and grab those.
This is the time to take stock of everything you need to get done. Don’t worry this entire wont be crammed into one week. You can prioritize these, as needed when doing your planning and scheduling for the week and then spread them out in the coming weeks and months .
CREATE GOALS FOR THE WEEK
Revisit those three lists you made of short term mid, term ,and long-term goals.
You cannot accomplish all of the items on your lists in a day or even a week – and why try to overload yourself and effectively kill your ability to successfully execute your goals by taking too much on at once?
Take a look at a your goals from each list – select one or two from each to concentrate on this week. With these goals pulled from the original list of goals you are still on track with your outlined goals but narrowing your focus to certain bits at a time.
With clarity on your goals for the week your actions items are more focused and improves your chances of executing , staying on target, and on time.
PLAN FOR CHANGE
This is the last part of my review process for the week and for me, one of the most important. The implementation of new strategies to become better are crucial because it is the step that creates massive growth consistently. Click To Tweet That step involves coming up with new ideas on how to improve my weaker areas.
We established what worked well within our week during the REVIEW THE WEEK stage. We also saw the areas that could be edited or tweak for improvement. This step is the time to come up with what methods you may use to accomplish your goals this week.
Lets look at a real world example using school and grades; let say you have set a goal to get an A on your weekly review test in your science class.
Last week to do this, you scheduled 1 hour of extra study time to improve your grade in that class from a 80 to a 90. During your review you realize that you may have not accomplished your goal but your grade did increase leaving you only a few points shy of your grade A goal.
So, what ways can you improve your process to actually execute and get that A? Maybe you need to add 1 more hour of study time throughout the week, or a 30-minute study session with a classmate? With these new variables to test you can improve upon your system until you find what works best for you. Be creative and think of different approaches to solving your issues. For example, you may not have an additional hour to spare next week to study but you do have $25 to sit with a tutor. You can focus the original hour that you used last week to accomplishing the same goal, but change the variable of have a tutor. You used money to solve what you thought was a time issue. There are many roads to the same destination; this process helps you find YOUR best path.
The review process is an essential tool to effective goal planning and weekly personal growth. Remember to follow the 5 key steps to create clarity on how effective your weekly planning actually is and how you can improve to be productive throughout the week.
REVIEW YOUR GOALS
REVIEW LAST WEEKS SUCCESS + CALENDAR
PLAN FOR CHANGE
Implement this weekly review into your weekly planning process before scheduling and to- do list creation and you will not only see an increase of productivity but also a decrease in confusion and stress throughout the week.
With your review complete you are ready to begin planning your dynamic and focused week!
What ways do you focus yourself for the week ahead? Do you currently use a weekly review or audit? What things do you find are helpful to review to make your next week better? Sound off in the comments below!