First up, the weekly review: In a weekly review, you, essentially, clean up the week that just ended and plan for the week to come. This approach helps me transition more easily into the weekend and sets me up for success for the following week. I find my weekends are much more enjoyable and relaxing when I have tied up loose ends from my workweek. This article offers a fantastic list of what you can include in your weekly review. Fans of Marie Kondo and Gretchen Rubin will appreciate how the process also includes a cleaning up of one’s physical work space, too.
I typically review calendar for meetings I attended and make sure I completed my assigned tasks or complete follow up including providing meeting notes, scheduling the next meeting, and so on. I also look to the week ahead and provide or request agendas for all of the meetings on my calendar. Great tip–if there is not an agenda consider carefully if it is worth your time!
What works for me:
As a minimum, on Fridays, I review my calendar for the upcoming week, prioritize my to-do list, and I use the Getting Things Done trigger list to create a to-do list and close our loose ends. I don’t have a perfect system but this helps to make sure that I stay on top of my activities. Plus, by using the Trigger List, I clear my mind of little things that I’d subconsciously been tracking. How do you optimize your time and make sure to honor commitments?
PS: Timeblocking is a great, associated tool! Read more here!