Those of you who practice GTD® ambitiously and enthusiastically probably know that the weekly review is the least easy GTD habit to adopt. Not only for the fact that it is done only once a week, obviously. It is just too easy to do another one of your juicy bite size actions instead, ticking it off and feeling satisfied. I’ve met many GTD’ers in fact, who say collecting, processing and organizing are all sorted, doing goes smoothly, but the weekly review is something difficult, because you need disciplined focus. True! And the reward is priceless. So here’s some suggestions and inspiration to boost your appetite for the review and make it worthwhile
A weekly activity like the weekly review, performed at the same day and time every week helps you into a routine, however, the review is a delicate thing, so allow yourself to adjust time (and space) when you feel like it, in order to be more effective. Prepare for your review by emptying your inboxes; all of them! You could make it part of the review, of course, but from my own experience I can clearly say I procrastinate on the review when I know I am not ‘clear’. I tend to stick quite close to David Allen’s instructions for the review, and like getting ‘clear’ (processing stuff), ‘current’ (reviewing lists) and ‘creative’ (allowing new ideas to pop up), I have a similar approach I’d like to share with y’all:
Completing the past:
Kickstarting the present:
Designing the future:
After the review, take some time for a break and mindfully enjoy the feeling of being in total control of yourself and your do-abouts. The review isn’t so much that compulsory bit of GTD you don’t like; it gives you a tasty appetite for your next week’s actions! The weekly review is the pumping heart of your GTD practice. It is the oxygen and fuel for the fire within to get your things done in alignment with your purpose.
Guest Blog by Aukje Johanna Jansen-Olthuis aka JohannaTime.