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Learn More About Yourself

Month Four | Week two

Write it down, watch it happen.

Most people will repeat the same lessons over and over. For some they eventually learn the lessons and move on, but only some. Do you know people who complain about the same challenges over and over and never seem to do anything about it? Have there ever been circumstances that had you stuck for some time?

 

There are a number of benefits to reviewing your week in a simple and concise manner, but perhaps the biggest and most important is the ability to accelerate learning.  Reviewing our week allows us to define our challenges and see the patterns that we miss in the day to day. 

 

Reviewing our week allows us to see what are the 20% of efforts yielding 80% of results/happiness (The Pareto Principle), and they help us to remember the most important parts of our life.

 

This week we’re practicing the weekly review again. This is about figuring out what works for you and making it a TOOL that helps you improve and get more enjoyment out of your life, instead of viewing it as one more thing you have to do or should do.

 

In addition you’ll be starting a “to do list”. This to do list is special because the goal is to defer all of these items to next week. Rather than jump in right away, you’ll be giving yourself time to reflect on how important they are and why. This is called sharpening your axe. No sense chopping down trees with a dull axe.

 

“Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first 4 sharpening the axe” – Abraham Lincoln

As overachievers we can’t afford wasted effort!

Daily routines for this week:

Evening

3 wins from the day and why they’re important to you

The time you will wake up tomorrow

The ONE thing you will do first thing after your journal, the most difficult/important task (eat the frog!)

1 challenge you faced or thing that didn’t go your way

Morning

5-15 minutes of future self journaling (Write about the goals you want to achieve as if they’re already achieved – what skills/relationships do you need to make these happen, how does it feel to have accomplished them?)

Do the most important thing/activity you wrote down yesterday (eat the frog)

Weekly Routines

Weekly planning session (30 min max)

Your Assignment

1. Last weeks morning and evening routines (repeat), see above

2. Last weeks weekly routine (30 minute planning session – plan the when, the how, and do it!)

3. Ongoing to do list. When urgent tasks come up through the week, write them down in a to do list. Build this list all week and then deal with these items at the end of the week (trust me, it won’t be as bad as you think!)

BONUS: Post your biggest win from last week in the comments and why it is important to you! This will generate extra accountability for you as a leader and help you grow faster.

Have an awesome week!

 

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