When did you last do a complete weekly review? Work life moves fast, so it is important to take time to reflect on what has happened and what is coming soon. The weekly review is a valuable opportunity to tidy up loose ends, assess progress, and prepare for the upcoming week and months ahead. It allows for a refocusing of attention onto the things that matter instead of the latest and loudest.
A few tips for a successful weekly review:
- Schedule it for the last day of your work week in order to enter your weekend with a clear head.
- Block out 1-2 hours. Close the door and ask your colleagues to honor this time of solitude.
- Get clear – Process any last minute items that have found their way into your inbox and do a quick mind sweep to empty out anything found only in your head to get it into your system
- Get current – Tidy up your action folders, identity outstanding waiting for items, review your calendar going two weeks back and then as far forward as necessary.
- Get creative – Review your someday/maybe folder for new projects to trigger, peruse your read/review pile, and reflect on the higher horizons of focus to gain perspective on your work.
To modify an old saying, a weekly review today keeps workplace stress away. Try it and experience the difference it makes.