How to Review Your Week & Maximise Progress for Success
In this post, I will discuss why you should review your week, how to review your week, fuel your inner fire and plan your next week based on the week you just had.
It’s a weekend cycle, but won’t take up too much of your time on any one day – and on Saturdays, the process is even better as you are plain not going to do anything goals, review or planning related. Not at all.
My purpose here is to suggest to you a great way to maximise follow-through on your hard grafted goals while staying inspired – and allowing time for yourself.
Why Review Your Week?
I have said it three times by now, and you’ve only passed the intro: Review your week. It’s important and here’s why.
If you don’t, you’ll find yourself more susceptible to the dreaded lack-of-focus, demotivation, and questioning-all-your-life-choices lethal combo.
Trust me, I have been there. More than enough times. Few things can kill progress and dreams faster.
Currently, I am working on a new habit to combat this and so far it works great. It’s a process with an(other) RPM acronym: Review, Process, Map.
If you do this process each week, you get an overview of where you are with your goals.
Furthermore, satisfaction comes with not just knowing but seeing you have made progress, in which areas and by how much. This satisfaction fuels you to go further and do more.
Reviewing also provides an opportunity to find your weaknesses and improve on them. Obstacles, too, will inevitably crop up. Reviewing allows for planning to overcome and learn from them.
It’s ultimately a chance to grow – both as a person and in your career or business.
Friday: Review – How To
It’s pretty much the end of the week. Take some time to review how everything went while it is fresh in your mind. Here are 5 tips on how to get you started.
1: Have a place to consistently record your weekly reviews
Notebook lovers, grab a pen and whip out your favourite fresh notebook. Even if you aren’t particularly into notebooks, get one. Have somewhere you can consistently record and look back on your goal progress.
Chronicle and look back with a growing sense of inspiration and awe at how your work has built up. How your dreams have become tangible. It is no mean feat to do so.
Your review notebook can be a great reference for solving challenges in the future, quickly and effectively.
If you just want to try this process out first, I won’t be offended if you opt for a random piece of paper for a couple of weeks instead.
2: List Your Highlights & Challenges
You may want to do this each day as you go – Monday through Friday, for example. Recall each success, big and small. Every victory counts. List them and you may find yourself surprised by how long the list is.
In a counter list, write out each challenge you faced. Begin with the ones you have overcome – the problems you have vanquished.
How does it feel to see how many challenges you have resolved?
The issues and outstanding challenges are those which you will look at for the forthcoming week.
3: Mindset, Focus & Inspiration
This is where you should sketch out where you are in terms of mentality.
- Are there fears and doubts that are holding you back – what are they?
- What habits are taking away from your progress – how are you going to change them?
- What mindset do you need to adopt to succeed – which traits do you need to develop?
Remind yourself why you are striving to complete your goals. Recall that which inspired you – the lifestyle, the beliefs, the future envisioned for yourself and those around you.
Doing so sharpens focus and keeps your eye on the prize at the same time.
4: Effective v Ineffective: Priorities
You will have set yourself tasks in order to step closer to your goal. Some you will have given more time and importance to than others.
Reflect on which tasks yielded the greatest results.
For example, in terms of social media: which posts returned the greatest engagement? Why that was compared with how much time you put into constructing it, for example, can give valuable insight to how you schedule your time and boost growth.
5: Big Picture Check In
By now, you will have scribbled down a lot of information about the week you have had.
Assess how you have done against where you were the previous week – even if you haven’t written it down somewhere I am sure you’ll have an idea.
Check the two against the “big picture”, or your goal in full. There it is – a stimulating sense of surprise and satisfaction. Indeed – you are closer to your goal than ever before.
As with editing your own work, give yourself time to process. Take a break – both mentally and physically – from focusing on your goals, progress and results.
Have a day to yourself; spend time with friends and family; do something different.
Yes, you have permission to occasionally ponder things related to your goal, but try not to dwell on them. Let the thoughts pass or write them down for later.
Breaks boost clarity of mind, heighten happiness and supercharge productivity.
You will come back to your goals and plan with more objectivity afterwards.
Sunday: Map Out Your Week
It’s Sunday. Time to schedule out your week. Now that you have mulled over how far you have come and reminded yourself of where you want to go, and processed it, you have a clearer vision for what you have to do next.
In no particular order, list out all of the actions and tasks you will need to immediately complete in order to progress further.
Include your appointments, personal engagements, work agenda items and so on. This list should be all-inclusive to limit the chance of forgetting something important.
For me, this was a long-ish list of items such as:
- Catch up with friends
- Blog 5 articles from content strategy
- Draw new episode for webcomic Sass
- Book car service
- Complete assignment on Udemy coding course
And so on. (I won’t bore you with the complete list details.)
When you can’t think of anything more, stop.
Once done, you can then segregate items between personal and professional. Prioritise accordingly, keeping in mind both urgency and relevance.
Schedule these priorities, keeping in mind the results you expect of them. Remember to allow extra time for more important and demanding items.
And that’s it – you are all set for the week. When it’s Friday again, you can review your week to see just how far you have come in only a few days. Go you!
I’d love to hear about your rituals for ending the week and staying on track to complete your goals. Do you review your week? Is there anything that you do that is different or similar to mine? Let me know how you get on in the comments below.