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3 key benefits of doing a weekly review of your work

Tihana Alfirević

A weekly review is a set period each week where you take a look at the past week's work, analyze it and see weekly accomplishments and any hiccups that you encounter and even visualize a plan for the week to come. A weekly review is a great habit you can add to your routine to hold yourself accountable on a weekly basis.

Keep yourself organized and achieve your goals

The weekly review is a chance to bring your tasks to a close, prepare for the week ahead, and reflect on set goals, whether they be short- term or long- term goals. It will result in you being more organized, never wondering if there’s something you forgot about, something you should be working on that is important. By doing a weekly review, you make goal setting easier. In each review, you can reflect on the new goals and better ways to achieve current objectives. Your weekly review allows you to stay on track of your work as you work towards your goals.

Take a closer look at your progress

By doing a weekly review, you get to focus on every single task and project and track where you are at completing them and how you achieved certain milestones you set for yourself. It can also help you detect the problems you are facing, ensuring that you are aware of everything that’s happening in your own work. That way you are not missing out on identifying potential risks that could make your work harder and causing bigger issues down the road. As well, this means you will not overlook opportunities that could bring your career to the next level.

Shape your next steps

A weekly review allows you to visualize and set your goals. It can help you get a clear picture of things you are struggling with, but also your strengths. With all this knowledge, you will be able to make more informed decisions. The best way to manage your time is by planning ahead. To-do lists are the most common way of doing that. Incorporate making to-do lists a part of your everyday routine. Make a list of tasks a day ahead, even a week ahead. There are some projects and tasks that have strict deadlines, take that into consideration. However, just making a to-do list is far from being organized. Sort through your task list by urgency and importance of each task. Good organization comes from prioritizing your tasks. Eliminate non-priorities. Make a list of your tasks and go through it. Be aware of how much time you need to finish each task, and set a time limit for each one. Learn to navigate through your projects. Not having set goals and schedules can make you feel like you are losing control. Set goals, eliminate, and prioritize!

Starfish retrospective model - weekly review technique

One of the techniques that could be beneficial for someone who does a weekly review is the Starfish retrospective model used often in agile project management. It is primarily intended to help teams reflect on their past work and varying degrees of activities rather than the traditional “what went well or did not go well”. However, this technique can be applied even if you do the weekly review yourself.

The starfish model is based on five questions. Let’s analyze what those questions really mean and how answering them can be beneficial for your weekly reviews.

  1. What should I keep doing?

These are things that you do and are adding value and something you are doing well and you recognize the value of it.

  1. What should I do less of?

These are practices that are already being done but might need refining because it is not currently productive, efficient or is not adding value in its current form.

  1. What should I do more of?

These might be practices or activities that you think there should be more of or is not currently being taken full advantage of.

  1. What should I stop doing?

These are things that are not bringing value or are even obstructing the optimal work.

  1. What should I start doing?

A new idea, or something you have seen working before that you would like to incorporate in your work.

 

By checking in with yourself and knowing how things are going, you recognize your progress or realize where you fell off track. Try using time tracking software such as TeamBench. TeamBench allows you to export stored data of your work in a report. Analyze it, see what you are doing well and where you could do better. The insights you get from time tracking can often be eye-opening. See where any potential hiccups are, and use that insight to create strategies to help you. Take notes of what you did right and what you can work on to be more efficient. Try the Starfish retrospective model in doing so. With this information, you can then make the appropriate adjustment and be even more effective. Small improvements to your workflow can have a big impact on your overall efficiency.

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