That’s where the weekly review comes in — it gives you a chance to get things together and refocus yourself on what’s important.
I like reviewing my goals weekly so I can focus better. During your weekly review, you should go over your yearly goals, see what progress you made on them in the last week, and what action steps you’re going to take to move them forward in the coming week.
Here’s how to do a powerful weekly review in four simple steps:
- Review your goals. Review your life goals (if you haven’t written them yet, take some time to do it now), and from those goals, you should choose one long-term goal that you want to accomplish this year (it could be a sub-goal of one of your life goals if they’re not achievable in the next year). Only choose one — if you choose too many, you will lose focus, and focus is the most important component in achieving a goal. Then choose one medium-term goal that you can accomplish within the next few months — and it should be a goal that moves you closer to achieving your long-term goal. Then choose one short-term goal that you can accomplish in the next week or so that will move you closer to your medium-term goal. It’s important to refocus yourself on your goals every week, as this will keep you on track, keep your attention and energy where it should be, and continue to move you forward on your goals.
- Review your calendar. Look back over your last week’s calendar items to see if there’s anything that needs to be moved forward, and to see if there’s anything that triggers new tasks that need to be done. Also look over your upcoming week’s calendar to see if there are any tasks that need to be done.
- Review your lists. Whether you have multiple context lists or one to-do list, it’s important to look over them, to make sure they’re up-to-date. Cross off completed items. Also review your follow-up list, your someday/maybe list, and your project list, if you keep them.
- Set your short-term goal this week. In Step 1 above, if you’ve accomplished your short-term goal, you’ll need to set a new one. If not, refocus yourself on that short-term goal, and see what mini-tasks you can do to complete it. List those tasks and any other really important tasks that you want to accomplish this week, and schedule them on your calendar. Put them early in the morning. These tasks should have the highest priority each day. Only put one or two on each day’s schedule.
By doing these essential tasks at your Weekly Review, you will not only keep your system together, but you will keep yourself focused on your goals. Remember: just focus on one goal at a time, making it much more likely that you’ll achieve it. Print it out and post it up if necessary. Send yourself email reminders. Tell everyone about it. Put it on your blog. However you do it, maintain that laser focus, and it will happen. I have a visual board that I have made, I simple pasted my goals on the board, and looking at them everyday reminded me of what I wanted to achieve.