Every Sunday at 7:30pm, a notification on my phone goes off that reads: Sunday Goals Check-In Time!
For a few months now, my partner and I have been doing a weekly check-in to make sure we are both on track with our personal and professional goals. Every Sunday night at 8pm, we turn off the TV and catch each other up on how we’re doing, what’s working, where we need support, and more. This system allows me to be really clear on my priorities so that I know where to focus my energy for the week.
Here are the steps so you can do this, too! If you’re anything like me, you love being productive with your time and this check-in will help immensely.
1. Reflect on the last week: what felt really successful?
This is my version of a gratitude list. In list form, I write down everything that felt really good (big and small) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
2. Journal: What didn’t work?
This could be both things that were action-ed and didn’t work as planned, things that never got done, or even things that made you sad or upset. This is where you get the pain out of your heart and on to paper so that you can see them objectively.
3. Prioritize: What three things need to happen to make this week feel successful?
My essentialist self loves to narrow things down to THREE things that get finished – completed, donzo, DONE! You don’t get results from things you don’t complete, so we are all better off completing three things, than having 7 things we’re working on that are all up in the air.
4.Get Help: What support do you need to make it happen?
Repeat after me: WE ARE NOT MEANT TO SUCCEED ALONE.
This is a big block I’ve had in the past, but I’ve learned from experience that when I open myself up to receiving help, magic happens. Whether it’s reaching out to your coach to help self-sabotaging actions, asking your partner if they can make dinner 3 days this week so that you can work a little later, or even having tea with a friend to take a break from work – we all need support to make our dreams happen.
5.Schedule: WHEN are they going to happen?
Put your priorities into your calendar! Here’s the truth of life: if it doesn’t get scheduled, it doesn’t get done. By inputting your most important goals into your calendar, you are etting yourself up for success.
And there you go!
If you do this on a weekly basis, you’ll start to see tremendous difference in your productivity AND in your happiness levels. Remember, we feel the most successful when we are taking action towards our dreams. Motion is key here, so get moving!
Plus, a successful week starts on Sunday.