WHAT IS A WEEK IN REVIEW?
A Week In Review is a session where you look back over your last 7 days and reflect on the tasks, activities and experiences that occurred.
WHY DO A WEEK IN REVIEW?
It is an amazing time to honour what you have actually achieved. Our lives whip by in such frenzied haste that we often forget and don’t appreciate what we have done.
What do you say when people ask you what you have been up to? “Busy.” Is often the response. “Really Busy. I’m so busy I don’t have any food in the house and I’m living off baked beans.” But do you know what you’ve been busy doing?!
Do you remember what you got up to last week besides one or two things? Do you know what you actually ticked off the list toward a project or goal?
Spending 10-15 minutes a week to look back on it can give you so many advantages.
- You feel accomplished. Rather than saying, what the hell did I actually do? And then beating yourself up for what you haven’t done, you have a list of those activities you worked on.
- It builds confidence. You see what you have done and gain the momentum and the ‘I can’ attitude in bringing that forward to the following week.
- You see where you might have gone off track. Once you’re aware you can nudge yourself back in the right direction.
- Sometimes you look like super(wo)man. Seriously. I get comments from people who are like, “how can you accomplish so much??”. In reality, I don’t think I do, I just keep track of what I have done – the small and the big.
- You can’t help but think of the things you’d like to do for the following week. It is a great thing to do before planning next week.
HOW TO CAPTURE THE INFO
I write down what I do in my Filofax. If I speak to someone, go somewhere, or work on a project I jot it down on my weekly appointment sheets. When I make it to a yoga session or have a sudden insight about life I note it down. When I’m an awesome fur-mama and take the doggy for a walk (instead of my partner doing it) I write, then I tick.
Writing and ticking always feels fabulous (yes, I am one of those people who put things on the list that I have already done just to be able to tick it off).
HOW TO REVIEW THE WEEK
Book some time in with yourself every week. Put it in your calendar and stick to it! You only need about 15 minutes. I usually do mine on a Friday afternoon.
Get out your Filofax (or equivalent!), pour yourself a glass of wine or a cup of tea and light a candle or be in a space you love.
Then go through your days and start listing down what you did. You can make comments or write down what comes up when you list a certain thing or you can just put your dot points down.
You can write it on paper, on a file on your computer or publish it as a blog post – completely up to you!
Here are some examples from my past week:
- Took Zander to the vet – time will tell if he is defective or not…
- Enjoyed Meatless Monday
- Launched Life Is Crafted and got my first round of sales (OMG so excited!)
- Set up Etsy store
- Printed and sent limited edition planner packs
- Gathered props for new biz photo shoot
- Caught up with Perth friend Mr R and schnitzeled it up – really fun to see him
- Had meeting with Miss K
- Visited Officeworks for supplies and printer exchange – they were really helpful
- Dinner party with friends and assisted the chef-ess
- Cleaned room – finally!
- Mass laundry session – can’t let it get that out of hand again
- Had Tab printing session
- Helped friend celebrate birthday
- Met some amazing new people
- Shopping with the Daddy-O
- Skype catch up with Sister L in London
- Accountability session with coach
- Announced winner of Life Is Crafted referral prize
- Lunch with Daddy-O and family friends
It goes on, I won’t bore you with the printing of reports or decision-making about pots, but you get the gist!
TO TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER
Put a circle around or bold the highlight of the week.
Ask yourself where you didn’t do so well and what you can do about it for the future
Pat yourself on the back for doing something well
What steps did you take towards your goals?
What am I putting off and why?
Did you learn any lessons to bring forward with you?
Were you living on purpose or were you on automatic pilot?
Was I being ‘me’ or was I doing things for others at my own expense?
MY WEEK IN REVIEW
When I’ve not been too busy, I’ve been trying to do a week in review on my other site Savvy Sassy She. I really notice the difference in my satisfaction levels and self-confidence levels when I don’t do them. It has been a while, but it is never too late to get back on the horse!
Do you review your weeks? If so, how does it make you feel? If not, are you tempted?
Life is crafted. Craft yours.