Like anyone operationally-minded, I used to feel the need to systemize my weekly reviews.
Make a checklist. Do the steps. Turn it into a habit.
These weekly reviews would evolve, with steps either being added or subtracted based on their importance or utility.
But as I got busier, the weekly reviews would come to a screeching halt. Catching up after a week wasn’t so bad, but after two weeks, three weeks…
There always comes a point of no return. You either feel guilty for not logging stats in your spreadsheets and your self-confidence erodes, or you feel overwhelmed at the prospect of having to catch up on multiple missed weeks.
But maybe the problem isn’t so much that you’re undisciplined. Maybe the problem is that your weekly reviews aren’t the least bit exciting…
Why do we Systemize?
The need to systemize comes from the need to be efficient.
Efficiency is a good thing, right? Entrepreneurs and businesses are always chasing increased productivity. That must mean efficiency is an uncontested virtue in every aspect of business.
But that’s kind of like saying the point of a delicious meal is to get it into your stomach.
Don’t you want to savor that meal? Don’t you want to taste it? Wouldn’t you get more pleasure out of lingering on every mouth-watering bite?
Moments of pleasure seem so brief and elusive compared to longer stretches of ambivalence and even pain. If you want to live at all, you’ve got to drink in those fleeting drops of satisfaction.If you want to live at all, you’ve got to drink in fleeting drops of satisfaction. Click To Tweet
Efficiencies can sometimes cloud the reasons for doing something in the first place. We can walk through the steps of our checklists without being the slightest bit present with the significance of each task, and that prevents us from tapping into our inner resources.Efficiencies can sometimes cloud the reasons for doing something. Click To Tweet
What is the Point of a Weekly Review?
There are as many different types of weekly reviews as there are people or businesses. There’s no one right way of conducting a weekly review.
However, most reviews revolve around evaluating the past week’s performance and identifying any changes that need to be made to have a better week the next.
You can skim the numbers and get a sense of what you and your team have accomplished this past week, but skimming alone isn’t going to achieve much.
The value isn’t in skimming the numbers. It’s in thinking about the numbers.
What do the numbers mean? What story are they telling? What trends are you observing? Are there any adjustments to be made?
Probing deeper into your performance is where the juice is. That’s where meaningful insights come from.
Let me offer another example.
You may find logging your income sources akin to watching paint dry. Bookkeeping isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
You may also feel the only reason to track revenue in a spreadsheet is the efficiencies gained around filing taxes.
But what if you were to take out a pen and a piece of paper and write down the exact amount of money that was received, by whom, and when?
What if you did this for each income source? What if you said, “Thank you” and expressed your gratitude for each deposit as you were writing it down? What if this reprogrammed your subconscious mind to become more aware of the abundance you’re already generating, and this attracted more of the same?
How would that change your relationship with bookkeeping? More importantly, how would that change your relationship with money?
Logging numbers in a spreadsheet isn’t the point. The point is to see yourself as the source of what you have created.See yourself as the source of what you have created. Click To Tweet
Can Organic Weekly Reviews Work?
So, can you ditch the checklist, slow down, tap into the powers of your mind, and allow a weekly review to unfold more organically?
Well, this depends on how much time you have for the review.
If all you have is 30 minutes, and it’s mission-critical that you log and evaluate key metrics, then you can’t dawdle around.
On the other hand, if you have one to three hours for uninterrupted deeper reflection, you can let your mind lead you.
Very naturally, as you get into flow, you’ll be prompted to:
- Review your calendar
- Jot down ideas
- Draw out graphs and charts
- Do some reading
- Check your dashboards
- And so on
The organic aspect of the weekly review makes the process fun and exciting again. You’re still going through (mostly) the same motions, but you’re letting inspiration and intuition guide the way.
Whatever you focus on grows, so if you’re focused on enjoyment, what do you think you will get more of?
If you enjoy your weekly reviews, you’re not likely to miss a week!
Assuming your organic weekly review isn’t about having no structure, but rather about becoming aware of the reasons behind measuring and tracking performance, you’ll tap into the deeper undercurrent of purpose. Organic weekly reviews can work.