Sunday, December 4, 2011

014 Use Your GTD Weekly Review To Get Your System In Shape


When I first started doing GTD, I didn't really do a weekly review. I just worked on getting my inboxes to zero. Over time, I ended up reaching that goal. Later, I made my first project list and then finally I started doing a weekly review. The clarity I had at that point was amazing and to be honest, it was a feeling that I never had before. It was a great feeling.

But I cheated a little in that I worked on the front end of my system first and worked to improve my GTD workflow one piece at a time. I got really good at collecting and then I focused on processing and organizing. I got really good at reviewing and then I focused more on doing.

I think that it's important that no matter how you do it, that you make continued progress each week on some phase of your system and think it's also important to give yourself permission to use your weekly review time to get that done.

While in an ideal world, you want to review your projects every week, when you first start and are overwhelmed at everything you have collected, use that hour or so that you would spend reviewing to work on it. It's time well spent.

As you improve, you will find that you don't need that time anymore and will find the ability to actually review.

In this podcast I talk a little bit about that and also touch on some membership information that you might also find interesting. For members, I have updated the white belt beginning student page with some information on how to start becoming a white belt master. The list on that page is for now a list of ideas that I will clarify over the next few week.

I hope if you are not doing a weekly review that you set aside time to start. I set aside time every Sunday evening. Do it consistently and over a long period of time you will find the improvement in your productivity. I know I did.

Well, it's late tonight, so until next time, keep working on your life one belt at a time.

Good luck!

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