Productivity pundits everywhere are always talking about daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly reviews. I agree that reviewing your life at set intervals is helpful for mindful productivity.
Especially for me, in therapy, where I monitor my mood, it’s helpful to be able to look back to see how I was feeling at a given time. It’s also just a good idea generally to spend some time reflecting.
If you’re new to journaling/reflecting in a written form, a weekly reflection practice is a great way to get started. I also wrote this post about how I journal in my daily life.
Here is a weekly reflection that I created for myself that I thought I’d share with all of you.
- Favorite thing that happened. I use this space to think about something good that happened.
- What I’m watching/reading. I like to have a log what content I’m consuming. I do that on my Notion for media accessible on the web like blogs, movies, and TV shows. I use Goodreads to track my reading. Ali Abdaal talked about wishing he had kept notes on how his thoughts on the books he was reading as a teenager. This is a great opportunity to do so, and also so anchor yourself in your life at this present moment.
- What worked. What went well? Tried waking up an hour later? Tried a new recipe that might be a new go-to? Put that here. Anything that “worked” goes here. A couple of weeks ago, I discovered that I need to have a coffee around 3-4 o’clock to keep being productive in the evenings. I would put that realization here.
- What didn’t work. Pretty self explanatory here. This week, I also learned that I have no business drinking coffee after 6pm. The fact that I’m writing this post at 2 am on a Thursday night is testament to that.
- My favorite things from this week. This is actually about things – songs, snacks, walks, items, articles of clothing, you get the gist. Literal things that you liked. Like I just discovered the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso drink from Starbucks, and honey, let me tell you, it is delicious.
- Lessons learned. Sometimes there’s a gem of wisdom from your week. You can share that here. This could be really deep personal life lessons or it could be a fun fact.
That’s my weekly review folks! Here’s a link to a pdf version.