A lack of self-awareness is poison. Reflection and review is the antidote.
-James Clear in Atomic Habits
What is a weekly review?
While the weekly review takes many forms, it originated with David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” system. He totes it as a time where an individual can
In my eyes, the great thing about a weekly review is it can kind of be whatever you want. What defines a weekly review is really the purpose it. For me, it’s a time when I sit down, journal, and reflect on the week. Sort of a forced introspection every ~7 days.
Taking some time roughly every week will help you make sure that you’re getting the right things done, not just getting more done.
What’s in my weekly review?
In my weekly review, I take time to get current on all my inboxes. That means processing emails, texts, and even DMs - either responding or otherwise having gone through each incoming thing. Doing this weekly lets me confidently ignore non-urgent emails, knowing that they will still be addressed soon.
Then, I journal a bit to help me kind of get in the right mindset.
Next, I briefly answer the following questions. (Which I either came up with or cherry-picked from online)
Rate this week 1-10. Why?
What slowed me down?
What did I do for my goals?
How can I improve for next week?
What made me happy last week?
From what I’ve seen online, this is pretty lean for a weekly review. It’s small enough for me to make sure I do it every weekend, and big enough to still provide me value.
What have I gotten out of it?
As I answer these same questions, week after week, I often begin to notice trends as they’re starting. Seeing repeated problems in “what slows me down” helps me to dig deeper and improve going forward. Concretely appreciating what makes me happy reminds me to focus on and appreciate the things that truly matter (hint: it’s not getting things done).
Whatever form it may take for you, a weekly review provides accountability to yourself, driving you to live intentionally.
If you want more direction on getting started, here’s an article that helped me. I’d also love to hear any suggestions you may have - what’s in your weekly review?