Hello friends!! This past Thursday, we held our fourth “official training” for our Four Weeks to Finished class, where our community members did a deep dive into Weekly Reviews–how to make them happen, what to do during them, and how to overcome mindset blocks that make a Weekly Review seem big and heavy. It was wonderful, and I LOVED meeting with everyone!
For those who are following along at home, I recorded this podcast (hit “play” above) and included a basic outline of what I covered. I hope this is helpful for you! Related links are at the bottom with more support!
- I take pictures of notes/put them in Evernote as I go (article I outlined, info I don’t want to lose), extract any tasks and add them into my Command Central daily.
- Check every morning and always look 2-4 days ahead so nothing surprises you. Keep the calendar SIMPLE. You don’t have to book yourself solid to be successful.
- I color code my repeating events so that my calendar looks fun. Weekly meetings, classes, church, etc are all different colors so then I look forward to looking at my calendar and planning out my week.
- I spend 5-10 minutes talking with my husband about his schedule for the week to make sure I know where we both need to be and what we will be doing. This helps us to plan fun things into our week as well.
- Spouse check-in — It doesn’t necessarily need to be formal. It can be as simple as a couple of questions: What do you have going on this week? I have a question about xyz, when would be a good time to have a conversation?
Digital Task Manager
- RARELY use deadlines. You don’t need 50 things coming to your email every day. 1-5 items a day is plenty for me. Only put deadlines on things that HAVE to be done. Otherwise, begin making project time a regular part of your life.
- Tidy and clear it every time you use it. It only takes a second. Put things where they go. Use your support cubbies, don’t let books, dishes, etc. pile up.
- Only start one new routine at a time. Embrace the multiple-choice perfect day. Relax your brain around “perfect routines” and prioritize the routine of breathing and creating space. Focus on the essential routines (which are only a handful…laundry, basic groceries, basic cleaning, self-care, basic home care, basic work responsibilities), and then expand into the “dream routines” as you have more bandwidth.
- You want to “protect” this. Presort mail and see how much of it you can quickly handle right when it comes in–only put a few things in the inbox that you absolutely need to be sitting down/focusing on when you handle them.
- I don’t always love to process my inbox so I give myself 10 minutes to just take the things off the bottom and process them in the time allotted. Sometimes I like to work longer, and sometimes 10 minutes is enough and I can pick up and continue later that day/or on the weekend.
- It’s ok to do a quick sort of what you’ve got in your inbox. (Kind of like batching your laundry.)
Homework (for Four Weeks to Finished group):
- Continue working with your STEP Command Central–utilizing the daily routines you’ve learned, the processing questions, the project management skills, etc.
- Do your first solo Weekly Review, but keep it short (under an hour) and focused. If there is anything causing your Weekly Review to feel overwhelming, identify what, specifically, is happening, and reach out to one of our coaches/post in the Facebook group to share and get support.
- Review all the previous homework assignments, make sure you understand what needs to happen, and ask any additional questions.