The Power of Regular Reviews

If you’ve studied the Getting Things Done methodology or used Nozbe for any length of time, you’ve come across the idea of conducting a weekly review.  A weekly review is a chance to clear your head and prioritize the upcoming week. This post will help you use regular reviews (weekly & monthly) to keep moving forward with your goals.

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Weekly Review

You have your goals, routines, and daily task management system down. You are a well-oiled productivity machine. But what’s next?

Have you gone back and reflected on how far you have come in relation to your goals instead of just checking things off your list?

Just like a car needs routine maintenance, so do project and task lists. The weekly review is that maintenance. It’s a chance to delete tasks that don’t matter any more and add the ones that will move your projects forward. Nozbe even has your productivity ratio to help you track your progress. Using a weekly review will help you reach those larger goals.

My weekly review is modeled on the same format as my daily review. I take the same principles and  apply it to the week.

  • Be honest about what happened last week.
  • Figure out where I am now.
  • Empty your head using the GTD Triggers App.
  • Plan for next week by aligning tasks with my goals.

This form of weekly reflection helps me maintain focus and modify my goals as situations change.

Monthly Meeting: 30, 60, 90 Days Out

In the military, we are constantly focused on the mission. We have to plan far in advance to ensure that we have the resources and personnel available to accomplish our tasks.

When it comes to planning, your life should be no different.

In the recent book Living Forward, Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy describe the importance of taking control of your calendar before someone else does. They actually recommend a process of planning 3 years out.

Here’s a snapshot of what your monthly meeting can look like.

  • Block out time on your calendar for a monthly meeting. I use the last Sunday of each month. It’s a chance reflect on the previous month and look 30, 60, and 90 days into the future.
  • Review your goals. Are you on track? If not, what are you going to do about it?
  • Brainstorm and outline the next actions so you know the exact steps you need to take to make progress.
  • Fill in your  calendar with time to plan and batch tasks (hold meetings, make calls, send emails, conduct research, etc).

Weekly and monthly meetings have become one of the most important time management tools for planning and achieving my goals. Regular reviews provide a chance for reflection and planning. Make sure you download a copy of the Weekly Review.

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