Today, I’m going to walk you through creating your Weekly Review List in Evernote. Your weekly review is the single most important thing you can do each week. If there’s only one thing you do in this series, then setting up your weekly review is that one thing you must do.
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This is Step Two in my series “An Evernote Review System for Busy Moms.” You can access the full series by clicking here.
By now, you should have downloaded Evernote, created your 3 review notebooks (a Daily Review Notebook, a Weekly Review Notebook, and a Monthly Review Notebook), and created a Notebook Stack to house these 3 Notebooks.
Now you’re ready to set up your weekly review list.
So, what is a weekly review?
A Weekly Review is simply a system to get your week organized. It should incorporate two important functions:
- It should allow you to organize your personal, family, volunteer and work responsibilities for the week ahead; and
- It should allow you to process the pile of paperwork and other stuff that happened the week before.
Getting your system in place is going to take some time. Don’t do this all in one sitting! Take your time to get it right.
Everyone’s system is going to be a little different.
I find myself revising mine a few times a year to make it work better. But the good news is that once it’s in place it should only take you 30 minutes to an hour each week to complete your review.
Today’s post is focused on creating your weekly review list. This step should take you about 1-2 hours.
The next post in the series will help you set up and organize your weekly review system.
Step Two – setting up your weekly review list – is going to require you to complete the 3 ASSIGNMENTS listed below.
If you start to get overwhelmed, take a break, get a cup of coffee, and then get back to work!
Your ASSIGNMENTS for Step Two:
- Create a “Weekly Review” Note in Your Weekly Review Notebook: In your “Weekly Review” notebook, create a new note and call it “0. Weekly Review.” I put a “0” in front of it so that it appears as the first note in the notebook.
- Brainstorm Items To Include In Your Weekly Review: Now you’re going to spend some time brainstorming what you want your weekly review to like. I’ve included a sample weekly review list below to give you an idea of some things you can include in your weekly review.
- Organize Your Weekly Review List: Once you’ve decided on the items you want to include in your weekly review, you are going to include a list, like shown below, in your “0. Weekly Review” note.
Helpful Tip #1: As you can see from the sample Weekly Review List below, I include a checkbox in front of each item so I can check them off as I complete them. I don’t know about you, but checking things off of my list is so gratifying!
Adding a checkbox is easy to do in Evernote. You just click on the checkbox icon in the menu bar above the text.
Helpful Tip #2: Try including additional information in parenthesis after the item to remind you of:
- What to do next with this item – e.g., add it to your calendar, to your current projects note, or to your next actions list, or
- Where to find this item – in my case, in another Evernote notebook stack, Paprika (a recipe and meal planning app I absolutely love!) or Dropbox (another must have app for me!).
Sample Weekly Review List:
In Step Three, I’ll teach you how to set up and organize your weekly review. I hope you can see why having a Weekly Review is so essential to getting organized.
When you’ve completed the 3 assignments above, you’re ready to move on to Step Three.
Hopefully, by now you are already feeling some relief from the pain of paper piles!
With Love and Joy,