One of the significant reasons that David Allen’s GTD has struck such a resonant chord with me, is that I have always been a huge fan of doing the process he calls the Weekly Review. I’ve long been a Personal Productivity Practice nut, and I’ve done my own kind of weekly review for as long as I can remember being in management. It is as much a habit with me as is brushing my teeth. At this point of my life, to not do it is inconceivable. I must do my weekly review to feel I have any control over my schedule —and thus my life—whatsoever.
When I don’t do it I tend to feel scattered and lost, and I get this nagging feeling I am missing something. Not forgetting it, for I’ve learned to collect/process/ and organize and not rely on memory. I’ve also learned to then honor landscape of my calendar. But without the weekly review I can still feel I am potentially missing something, because I have to design that landscape of my calendar with the proper perspective. It is that proper perspective the weekly review gives me.
Allen has a great checklist for the Weekly Review, and I recommend you try it even if you haven’t yet read his entire book. Here’s a link. Unless you are spontaneity’s child, and have never bothered to organize yourself at all, I am sure it will be familiar enough to you to serve as the next best evolution of whatever process you have been using to 1) evaluate the prior week and 2) get ready for the next one — if you are in business, and especially in a management and leadership capacity, you best be doing those two things at minimum.
So what better time for us to talk about this than a Saturday evening, and the final one before our goal of Sweet Closure tomorrow.
Here’s what you do: