Those of you who know me, or who have been following along for awhile, know that I love all things reflection-related. Journaling, visioning, intention setting, morning reflection - I love it all, and I do most of it regularly as part of my daily and weekly rhythms.
That said, I'm not an incredibly structured person - meaning that I often do what I feel like doing, when I feel like doing it, within a general framework that I'm committed to, when it comes to these things. Sometimes it's my favorite notebook and a pen in the morning. Other times it's the Desire Map Planner or the Five Minute Journal.
One thing that I haven't been terribly diligent with recently is an in-depth weekly review. I've done various forms of a weekly review over the years, but I hadn't found one that really stuck. Inspired by this article, which my friend Megan sent to me, I decided to revive my weekly review in hopes of creating something that a) would be deeply impactful and b) I'd look forward to doing each week.
I'm feeling quite excited that so far, it seems that my revived weekly review process is a winner. I've typically been doing it on Sundays, and it includes deep reflection on the week prior, as well as planning and visioning for the week ahead.
Some of the key reflections in this weekly review include:
- Successes and Things to Celebrate
- Things I Wish I'd Done Differently
- Things I'm Stalling On and Why I Might Be Stalling
- Brutal Honesty about Things that Didn't Get Done
- Progress on Top 3-5 Priorities from the Week Prior
- Identification of Top 3-5 Priorities for the Week Ahead
- Project Check-In: Are All Projects On Track?
- Logistical Check-In: Have I Taken Care of All Logistical Items for the Week?
- Values Check-In: How Have I Honored Each of My Values This Week?
- Things I Learned
- My Why and My Stake for the Week Ahead
I've been amazed at the way in which this process has helped me to simplify my weeks, and also get more done, in the time that I've been using it.
Do you have a weekly review process that you like?
Or would you like a copy of the worksheet that I am using for this process? If so, feel free to drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll happily send a copy your way.