This section I use for my weekly review. This is where I celebrate what I accomplished and get a heads-up on what’s next. This I do every Sunday.
I use the weekly review to make sure I spend time on things that I want to do. It’s easy to forget that in the endless ping-pong game of responding to other people’s requests, or to scatter your attention among lots of interests and not feel like you’re making progress in any particular one. Give yourself permission to work on something you want to do, and carve out space for it in your to-do list or calendar. I divide my to-do list into three categories: work, social, and personal. The work category is easy to fill. Social take a little more thought, but other people make it easy by asking. Life, on the other hand—the skills I want to develop, the hobbies I want to explore—that requires me to step up and choose to do something instead of having my time filled by things that other people have chosen for me.
Lots of things are interesting, but I try to pick one or two things to focus on during each week. For example, I’ve been focusing on having a date on saturday and studying Big Data Technology. I might explore other ideas during the week, but it’s good to make slow and steady progress in my focus areas.
I make that space by managing my commitments. It’s easy to get used to a hectic, time-starved status quo, and it’s gratifying as well—busy-ness helps you feel valued. For me, “normal life” includes time to breathe and time to play. I avoid being busy. When I notice I’m starting to make mistakes because my calendar is too full, I slow down and see what I can say no to.
I add “want-to”s to my to-do list instead of just keeping it to the “must-do”s,and I remove or change other tasks until things look like they’ll fit. It makes reviewing and planning more fun, and it gives me something to look forward to during the week.
Might be something that can help you establish that habit. =) Happy to hear your thoughts and to read your weekly reviews!
This idea and system are inspired, adapted and modified with highest regards from sacha.
A weekly review is an excellent idea. Here are some of the reasons why I do it:
It doesn’t take a lot of time, and the benefits are tremendous. I can usually do my weekly review in 15-30 minutes.
Here’s what I’ve learned from doing so:
If you’re new to blogging, a weekly review helps you ease into the habit of publishing, and it can help you improve your productivity habits too. Give it a try!
Plans for next week