We all know what it feels like to wake up on a Monday morning with absolutely no motivation. It’s so much easier to just go through the motions than to actually live life intentionally and work towards our goals. Your mindset is such a crucial part of personal development! While you might be motivated at the start of the year or the start of the month, it may be difficult to keep that spirit as the days go on.
This is where weekly reviews come in.
I’m actually bouncing in my seat right now, I’m so excited.
Call me a nerd, but I think weekly reviews are the coolest thing ever. I love taking some time for myself to get my house in order and get prepared for the upcoming week. In addition, these reviews always have amazing results. Instead of getting the Sunday Blues and feeling all pouty about waking up early, I go to bed fired up, ready to tackle my goals and make the upcoming week great!
But Shreya, you might ask, what is a weekly review?
I’m so glad you asked!
Meet Weekly Reviews: Your New Best Friend
Simply put, a weekly review is a list of tasks to complete with two goals. Once you’re done with these tasks, you should have tied up any loose ends from the previous week and prepared yourself for the week to come. That’s it! You can customize your task list however you’d like and choose when you’d like to do your review – just make sure it’s once a week. I like to sit down on Sundays for my review, since I have the day off, but you can do them whenever is most convenient for you!
Reviews are super important when it comes to personal development because they give you a chance to see how you’re doing! Just blindly chugging ahead is never the way to go if you want to achieve your goals. Weekly reviews make you sit down and really think about how the past week has gone. What did you do well? What could you have improved on?
They also give you time to plan out how you want next week to go. You may be motivated to complete some big, abstract goals, but weekly reviews help you break down those goals into tasks that you can complete in a week. That way, you have something to strive towards in the short-term as well as in the long-term.
Long story short, weekly reviews aren’t just a great opportunity for you to reflect – they are also a pivotal part of your life if you want to to achieve your goals.
What’s in a Weekly Review, anyway?
When you’re starting out, you may wonder what tasks to add to your Weekly Review. In general, I like to keep my review between 5-10 separate tasks – anything more, and it might get overwhelming to keep up with. When considering tasks, I try to think about a couple criteria.
- Does this task bring me closer to my goals?
- Does this task help me reflect?
- Does this task make my life easier/calmer?
As a rule of thumb, if I answer “yes” to one of those questions for a given task, then I know that task could be a good choice to add to my weekly review.
Before I jump into what my weekly review looks like, I want to remind you that tracking your reviews is vital! Having one place where you can keep track of all your tasks for your weekly review is so important. That’s why I’m offering a free Google doc that you can use to take notes and keep track of of your reviews!
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My Weekly Review Right Now
Currently, my weekly review consists of the following tasks:
This is pretty self-explanatory. First thing in the morning, I do my laundry if it needs to be done. That way, I don’t have to worry about doing it during the week.
2. Review my master to-do-list and my other tracking devices
This is my big reflection task. First, I take a look at my master to-do-list, which contains everything I have to do at some point in my life. I look at which tasks I completed that week, make sure that I’ve crossed them all off, then pat myself on the back for a job well done! I also take a look at my habit trackers to see what habits I kept up with, and what habits I need to push myself to complete more in the upcoming week.
3. Inbox Zero
An “Inbox Zero” is simply removing all the emails from your inbox to avoid clutter in your digital life. When I do my Inbox Zero, I usually go through all of the emails in my inbox and deal with them. If someone is waiting on a reply from me, this is my time to quickly respond to them. Once they’re dealt with, I archive all of the emails to keep my inbox as empty as possible. This keeps my digital life clean, and also encourages me to be more timely with my responses.
4. Groceries/Meal Plan
At some point during the day, I go grocery-shopping, and I quickly plan my meals before I head out. I normally eat a simple salad for lunch, so I only ever have to plan my dinners. All I have to do is choose a couple meals and make sure I buy enough ingredients for leftovers! Super easy.
5. Clean Kitchen (Trash/Recycling, Dishes, Countertops)
Usually after dinner, I clean up my kitchen. This includes taking out the trash and recycling, washing all the dishes, and cleaning the clutter off the countertops. My kitchen is my favorite room in my apartment, so when my kitchen is clean, so is my mind.
6. Plan Blog Posts
This is my first step in planning the upcoming week. First, I decide what blog posts I’m going to write that week. Then, I plan out what other actions regarding my blog I intend to take, whether that’s related to social media and promoting or updating my editorial calendar. Simple.
7. Update My Calendar
I update the calendar my boyfriend and I share so that we both know what the other is planning on doing on any given day. This is the time for us to decide things we might do together too! For example, we like streaming video games together, so when I reach this point in my review, we figure out which days we’re going to stream. This helps me plan for the week, and it also makes sure that I don’t forget events that are coming up
8. Make a to-do-list for the week
At this point, I go back to my master to-do-list and I choose what items I want to accomplish this week. I usually choose the tasks that must be done that week, then add a couple more important tasks that are less urgent.
9. Reflection & Preparation Notes
Finally, I like to give myself some space to journal and write, even if I only manage to jot down a few notes about how the week went. This allows me to be more expressive than just checking off tasks or writing a list. Plus, I love looking back and seeing what I was thinking or feeling in past weeks!
The Last Thing You Need To Know
Weekly Reviews are an amazing tool to put you in the right mindset for the upcoming week. But they’re useless if you don’t track them. That’s why I’ve got a Google doc for you that’ll help you work through your reviews each week! All you have to do to get this freebie is sign up for my mailing list right here.
If you try to implement a review, I’d love to hear from you! What worked? What didn’t? How are weekly reviews getting you in the right mindset to achieve all your goals?