Doing lots of reviews throughout the year is time-consuming, and can feel burdensome. It’s important to clarify what each one is doing, so you can be reminded of its necessity. This article shows the difference between yearly, monthly, weekly and daily reviews in a table and infographic.
Why the differences matter
This article is to clarify the differences between the Yearly, Monthly, Weekly and Daily Reviews I’ve been writing about. It’s important to make each review as small and discrete as possible. Any unnecessary duplication is not only a waste of time, but it means you’re less likely to actually do it.
Of course, it’s good to keep a questioning mindset, and things will pop into your head in between reviews. If you notice that things aren’t working, you shouldn’t keep doing them. But if you’re deliberately reviewing the whole thing every week or more, then you won’t get much done. You’ve got to give time to see whether systems work before you can evaluate them.
Remember this is a framework, rather than something set in stone. You should modify it to suit the nature of your work, and your personal preferences.
Conducting these reviews is a fair amount of work. But if you consistently do them and learn from them, you’ll achieve more, and probably feel better about it 😊
Each of the reviews compared
|Vision / Goals / Areas / Systems||Goals / Systems / Projects||Schedule / Tasks||Tasks / Appointments|
|What you’re doing||How you’re doing stuff||What order you’re doing stuff||Exactly when you’re doing stuff|
|Last month of the year||End of month +3 days||End of week||End of working day|
|Review previous year, set new goals & milestones, set up systems, possibly set projects||Review goals, milestones & systems, modify if necessary, set projects||Clear inboxes, arrange schedule, set & prioritise tasks||Check inboxes, check ready for appointments & tasks, set time for tasks|
|Set direction||Check course||Clear decks||Arrange next day|
I’ve you prefer, here’s an infographic (high resolution version here) – feel free to download a copy.
- It’s important not to duplicate your reviews, or make them longer than they need to be 💡
- Each review has a specific purpose. As a whole, they take you from your vision/goals to your day-to-day tasks ⚽️
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