Taking as little as 30 minutes to do a weekly review is a great habit to get into. It’s a proactive way to make sure you know what’s coming up and that your projects are on track. But often it can be difficult to find the right time to set aside so you can focus on this important meeting.
Scott Friesen shares how he found the ideal time to schedule his weekly review and what you should consider when finding your own optimal time. It may take some trial and error to get it perfect, but make sure you make time for this valuable meeting.
Perhaps the most important meeting that you'll have all week is the one that you have with yourself. I highly recommend that everyone set aside time for a weekly review.
What's a weekly review? A weekly review is a time set aside just for you so you can take a look back at the previous week, see if there is anything that you need to follow up on. Take a look at your core projects and your key commitments, see if you're going to be able to meet those pre-negotiated deadlines and also it's a great opportunity to take a look at the week ahead. See what's coming up, making sure that you're prepared.
Now a difficult thing can be to find a time, the ideal time for you to have a weekly review. And you may need to do some trial and error to find the best time for you.
Initially, I started doing my weekly reviews on Friday afternoon. It still gave me enough time if there was something that came up during that review, that I could reach out to someone or follow up with someone. However, I realized that my energy levels started to drain at that part of the day, that part of the week. As a result, I was much more prone to differ or just skip the weekly review all together.
Therefore, I decided to change it and now I do it first thing Friday morning. I'm fresh and the chances of another meeting, something else conflicting with that time are very, very low.
So find a time that's ideal for you. It can be as little as 30 minutes but don't skip out on your weekly review. It's very simple.