Leadership: Planning – Weekly review

Depositphotos_33823201_l-2015This is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks to undertake.  There is never time to actually complete it.  The weekly review should be like a mini executive retreat that lasts from 1-2 hours and probably on a Friday afternoon.  But you can schedule it however it best fits your schedule. The first few months of doing it will be longer and harder but as you get more efficient at it, it will take less time and get easier and make you more effective.  It is also important that you actually keep this appointment with yourself.  How often do you miss appointments with yourself? Probably too many.  Why don’t you value your own time as much as anyone else? Schedule it on your calendar and KEEP the appointment. In his book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill talks about thinking about one thing for 1 whole hour.  Yes, you read that right.  60 minutes of focused thinking on one topic. No texting, no email, no surfing, just focused on 1 item.   If you do that, you will have examined all angles, pluses, minuses, etc. and really know your thoughts about the item, project, corporate direction or whatever.  Most people when they think about something usually decide on the spot influenced by their current emotional state.  How effective is that?  Might as well flip a coin.  Now this is what your weekly review should be about, but the one topic is your schedule and nothing else.  Take a look at the links below and the recommendations for the weekly review.  Spend the time really looking at them and develop your own method.  It will probably change over time, but you will also become much more effective as a leader if you keep this most important meeting of the week.

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