Feel like your forgetting something? Perhaps a little worried about what lies ahead? Add a weekly review to your work routine to gain control and perspective.
We all want to feel confident that we're working on the right things right now. One of the best ways to do that is to perform a weekly review. Time set aside just for you to make sure that you're working on your most important tasks. So here are my 3 steps to an effective weekly review.
Number 1: Review your past. Open up your calendar and take a look at your last 7 days. Go through each and every meeting or event that shows up on your calendar to see if it triggers follow-up items or new tasks that you should be working on right now. Perhaps you attended a meeting on Tuesday morning but you forgot to follow-up with the client. By looking back at your calendar, you can make sure that you haven't left anything in the past. You haven't left anything behind and that you're caught up to the present.
Step number 2: Be in the present. The best way to do that is to do a mind dump. What's a mind dump? Get anything that is on your mind. Anything that's worrying you, any issues and export it somewhere else. You can write it down on a piece of paper, in a notebook, you can use Evernote or Trello, whatever tool you use to capture your ideas. I want you to export it from up here and get it off of your head.
Number 3: Look forward to the future. Again we want to go back to our calendar and review the next 2 weeks out minimum. Go through each and every meeting or event to make sure that you know of every upcoming deadline, every major presentation, any travel that you may have in the near future. What do you need to be thinking about right now? What tasks do you need to be doing right now to make sure that you're prepared for your future?
So, weekly review: Review your past, be in the present, and look forward to the future. It's very simple.