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my weekly review

May 07, 20202 min read

It’s hard to explain how much my internal and external worlds have shifted in the past 5 years. I’m more emotionally intelligent. I have more agency. I have more fun. I love my work, for the first time.

I was on track to have a very “normie” life. A suburban, depressed, overworked life, trapped by my own making. Luckily I managed to undo most of my latent conditioning, and grow into someone the old me would barely recognize.

A good deal of my personal growth came from weekly reviews. I’ve written a weekly review for most weeks out of the past 5 years. Occasionally I’ll fall out of the habit for weeks or even months, but I always pick it back up.

Early on, I used Live Your Legend’s Weekly Planning Worksheet. You celebrate the previous week and write down lessons learned, then plan for the next week.

In the past year, my partner and I started using a custom weekly review, with the following questions:

  • Rate the week, out of 10
  • How did you do last week?
  • Who do you want to be? What habits embody that identity?
  • How could we make our lives 100x better?
  • How could we magnify our impact 100x?
  • How could we make our relationship 100x better?
  • Feedback for your partner
  • Which lead measures will you track next week?
  • How will you avoid burn-out?
  • What are actionable next steps?
  • Anything else you want to share?

A bot reminds us to fill out our weekly review each week. Then our answers are automatically posted to our shared slack, and sometimes we discuss what we wrote.

Doing weekly reviews makes me more intentional about how I spend my time, which helps me stay consistently happy; I ensure I’m spending my time in ways that matter to me or bring me joy.