“If you want me to remember, please message it to me.”
This is my go-to response when my kiddo asks for a specific item from the grocery store or a friend asks me to drop off a book at her home.
I even text myself so I don’t forget random thoughts and ideas! (Anyone else?)
I often don’t remember what I ate for dinner last night, let alone what happened eight or ten weeks ago. For this reason (and several others), I conduct a brief review of my work and life each week.
I’ve written in detail about my Weekly Review + Planning session, which you can read about here. One important component of that process involves recapping key moments and experiences from the week, which I typically do as a spread in my bullet journal.
Basically, I take ten minutes to jot down a few bullet-point notes for the categories in which I want to track progress. My current categories include:
I find the weekly reflection invaluable, allowing me to celebrate and course-correct as needed. These spreads also serve as my second brain at the end of the month, quarter, and year!
If you want to have a more accurate, accessible way to recap your quarter, give this exercise a try.
Start by deciding which categories you want to keep track of. You can change these at any time, of course, but a bit of forethought goes a long way.
Then, choose where you will track them. Be realistic with yourself here. If I set this up in the Notes app of my phone, I would never look at it again – but that might be the best place for you. Like with planning systems, the best one is the one you will consistently use!
Finally, choose a time when you will consistently update your weekly review. I typically find Sunday afternoon or evening works best for me, but again, you do you.
Your future self will thank you for this weekly update! And as you review, celebrate, and make in-the-moment adjustments, your present self will thank you, too.
Let me know below one of the categories you’ll include in your weekly review!
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