What are your weekly goals

Weekly review: stick to your goals and priorities

In school it was still so simple: The next goal was the following class test and that was it. The good grades came automatically with the results, so you didn't have to worry about the wonderful, easy-to-plan appointments.

But in professional life you quickly realize: Stressful situations such as class work can occur unannounced. You can react fatalistically and take life as it comes - or you can take the bull by the horns. But it doesn't work without a strategy.

As always, here is a brief summary of the podcast episode:

The most important question: Where do I want to go anyway?

"The journey is the goal" has unfortunately meanwhile degenerated into pure coffee mug wisdom. This little meditation originally served to welcome detours and to use them profitably for new impressions. In the meantime, however, it has unfortunately become more of an excuse for those who think they are forever on the way because of inadequate goals.

But a path without a goal is not a path.

It is nothing but tumbling around in nirvana, wasting strength and time. Therefore, before you can even think about to-do lists, milestones, task planners and their useful tools, there is one big but inevitable task of goal setting. Where do I want to go: A) In life B) In this job C) In this company?

Before these questions are answered, there is no need for further consideration.

Goal and luck

Having a goal and working towards it is much more than the short-term gain of a lifetime achievement. The way to get there - provided the goal is sufficiently clearly defined - can be very exhilarating if it is approached in a structured and organized manner.

The objective is therefore not the direct benefit. No, the benefit is control over your own life.

Target breaks are not a step backwards

However, it is also part of the objective to give yourself space for breaks. These are the periods in which the next goal should not yet be formulated. The creative mind always needs these moments in which it has to free itself from all structuring.

If this is ignored for too long, a crisis can loom. But even that is no cause for despair: Even a break in targeting forced by a crisis situation opens the mental and visual horizon and can then - completely deviating from the previously formulated goals - lead to completely new ideas.

Only written down is formulated

The mind is a windy being that is easily distracted. If a goal is formulated, it must therefore be written down. The more specifically the goal is analyzed and formulated, the better the subsequent orientation from it.

The goal is formulated. And now?

Without stopping regularly and checking whether I'm still on the right track, no goal can be achieved. Therefore, the weekly review is the most important tool for me to work in a focused and goal-oriented manner. Without a weekly review, you will not achieve your goals. As simple as that.

I have divided the weekly review into the following three areas:

1. Internalize goals

First I have to be clear about what goals I want to achieve. What are my priorities? What is important to me Where do i want to go

To do this, I take another look at my various tools: life plan, business vision, simple business plan.

Now I know where I want to go again and all further planning is much easier for me.

2. Reflect on last week

Next, I'll take a look at the past week. I look in the calendar and in my notebook, so GoodNotes. Have I forgotten to write something down or to record a task? I can make up for that in peace now. So nothing is lost, purely theoretically ...

Finally, I take a look in my wallet and pockets. All receipts and receipts from the previous week are sorted and filed.

3. Plan for next week.

Now it's time to plan the upcoming week. To do this, I open my calendar and my Todoist task manager at the same time, usually in the split screen on my iPad. The Next 7 Days view in Todoist is perfect for this.

Now I plan the tasks for the upcoming week accordingly. At the same time, I always look at my calendar and check: Do I have the time on the days to complete the planned tasks?

At the end of the weekly review, the upcoming week should be fully planned. This planning then usually lasts until Monday noon ...

What is your experience with the weekly review? I look forward to your suggestions in the comments.