If, like me, you’re working towards specific goals or just want a bit more direction and organisation in your week, I would highly recommend a weekly review. This is something that I came across in a YouTube video a while ago. I tried it, loved it so have tweaked the process to make it work for me.
I do my weekly review on a Sunday morning to kick off the new week – I light some candles, make some tea and sit down to really focus on my goals and think about how I’m going to move closer to them over the coming week. Read on for a more detailed overview of my process and scroll down to the bottom of this blog for a printable download that you can follow yourself!
- Set up your space – light some candles, make a cup of tea, get your journal, a notebook, pens and make yourself comfy. Put on some music that you love or listen to an inspirational podcast. This entire review process takes anywhere from 30 minutes up to an hour or so depending on how much you’ve got going on or how reflective you want to be. Get yourself ready for this. I like to make a tea, light candles and set myself up on the sofa.
- Calendar check in – I use a calendar app on my phone but also a journal which I add my weekly activities and appointments into. I put both in front of me and copy things into my journal to keep track of where I’m supposed to be and when. These are like the non-negotiables or concrete plans. Doing this keeps you organised but also allows you to see where you have gaps in your day.
- Brain dump – this is the most important step for me. Grab a notebook and write down absolutely everything that’s going round in your head about the week ahead: to dos, errands, things you need to buy, phone calls you need to make, birthdays you need to remember – everything! This doesn’t need to be logical, you just need to dump it all out of your head and onto the paper.
- Small things – after you’ve brain dumped, look down the list and see if there are any small things you could get done now that take 2 mins or less – sending an email, writing a list, making a call etc. Get them done quickly, tick them off and feel amazing.
- Organise – now look at the remaining items on your brain dump list. Organise them into sections like to do list, shopping list etc. If they are specific things that take up time, map out in your calendar when you are going to get those things done.
- Reflection – this is where you look back at the week just gone and ask yourself: What are my big wins? What is not working and why? How can I fix this? What am I avoiding and why? Journal these thoughts as you think through them. Think also about how you’ve worked towards your main goals this week and what you can do in the week ahead to move you closer to them.
- Values – think about the things that are most important to you. How have you aligned yourself with your values this past week? What can you do in the week ahead to work towards these.
That, very simply, is my weekly review process. Give it a go and see if it works for you! It is something that has made me more accountable, motivated and organised for my week ahead. You may need to change bits to make it work for you but that’s the beauty of it – it can be whatever you need it to be. Let me know if you try it out.
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