Fixing the “Weekly Review”

What can be done to solve the problem of the weekly review — a difficult to implement feature of many time management systems?

Spend the next 28 minutes to discover a permanent solution that will change the way you think about your time management system.

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P.S. You may have an interest in a report that I wrote a few months ago:  “The 6 Surprising Mistakes that GTD’ers Make.

P.P.S.  I just received the transcript that was made of the above recording.  Click here to be taken to the full transcript.

8 Replies to “Fixing the “Weekly Review””

  1. Love this – keep asking questions/evidence and we will get to the truth. I am a “graduate” of several productivity programs, but it seems to work best to write something down (on paper) – I seem to take it more seriously. I tend to get things done (tasks) when they are blocked out on my outlook calendar. Thanks for making it okay to not follow a pre-packaged system

  2. I use webware like or Basecamp to build out the high level, and when I have figured out the activities that need to be done my me, I schedule them into my calendar.

    It solves a couple of the problems that other programs create by not using the calendar at a high enough degree of sophistication/skill. IMHO!

  3. Andy — it’s not only OK it’s the only approach that “Scales Up” — in other words, it can grow as the number of time demands expands.

  4. I like the concept of capturing and emptying quickly and confronting the inevitability of finite amounts of time before promises and commitments (real or imagined) get out of control. I’ve tried multiple lists and “the grand list” and felt captured, rather than freed, by both.

    Managing one’s self is certainly the most important project of all, and is worth asking the questions not only “what,” but “for how long” and “when.” Good concepts.

  5. I like the concept of rapid capturing and emptying, confronting the inevitability of limited time, before promises — real or imagined — can get out of hand. I have tried the multiple lists suggested in GTD, and went back to mostly one “grand list.” Both are overwhelming to review without the “how long” and “when” dimensions, so….I just don’t, instead planning one day at a time. While this works for near-term tactical tasks, it leaves longer term strategic work undone.

    I appreciate the comments on Project Management. If we consider the human soul and experience the greatest project of all, then it only makes sense that we would apply the same techniques that worked to get mankind to the moon, and safely home.

  6. Thanks Amber. I’m not sure how the “urban myth” got as far as it did, but it has caused a lot of people to do a lot of list checking just to make sure that something has not crept up on them.

    If I do my weekly review on a Friday, then by next week Thursday it’s tough to remember what I had intended to do at 3pm/Thursday. To remember, I might have to scan every item on my list…. ouchhhhh! LOL (But it’s OK if my list is short…)

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