The benefits of a weekly review
I’ve experimented with various productivity life-hacks over the past many years, and one of the most helpful ones has been a weekly review.
In short, this involves scheduling a period of time, typically on a weekend, to overview the week and plan the upcoming one.
I’m sure different structures will work well for different people, but for the purpose of this email I’ll outline the process I use.
My review typically involves asking:
What went well this week?
What could be improved?
I then review my current task list. I cross off anything that I have done or is no longer relevant.
From the list, I will identify what are my priority tasks are for the upcoming week and rank them.
I’ll then roughly allocate each task to a period of time. For example, if I have a good stretch of time on Wednesday evening, then I would allocate that for my week’s key task.
I try not to spend too long on the above (I aim for < 1 hour), as it’s easy to let this kind of reflection drag on. However, I do see it as one of the most important periods of the week, and will spend longer if needed.
(Also, this weekly newsletter has in-part become an extension of this weekly review)
I find the weekly review increases my efficiency during the week, because I already know what I need to do and when. And if plans change, I know what my priority list is so can always return to that.
I don’t need to devote much time to doing “higher-level” thinking during the week and can effectively batch-process it on the weekends.
It also gives me a space to think of potential improvements to the approach I am taking in different areas of my life, and to assess the impact of those changes in approach.
If you decide to implement a weekly review, let me know how it goes :)
This a great article along a similar theme, and talks about how we should make plans when we have most mental clarity, and spend the rest of the time executing them
For those interested in exploring productivity further, this is somewhat of a bible
Have a great week!
Hi! I'm Chris, a Cambridge medicine graduate now working as a doctor in London and exploring a career applying machine learning to medicine. Every weekend I send out an email sharing my experiences, life lessons as I learn them, and links to my favourite things on the internet.
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