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I hate meetings.
More specifically I hate work meetings.
I think they’re usually a waste of time and filled with too much fluff.
However, I love having meetings with MYSELF. It’s a lot of fun and keeps me on track.
The best part about it is that I make the agenda AND I get to wear sweatpants.
WHEN: I hold my weekly meeting every Sunday. I can review that past week and plan out the coming week.
WHO: Just you! OR you can do this with your significant other, a friend, your sibling, etc. Sometimes I do this with my boyfriend and it’s fun to share with each other.
HOW: I use a notebook to write everything down. I have a dedicated notebook for each year, so that is what I use. You can record everything online if you prefer.
WHAT: You can design your meeting exactly as you wish, I focus around the important things in my life. This includes my business, my health/fitness, my finances, and my personal goals.
I start each meeting with my goals.
I break down my goals as follows:
- 10 year
- 5 year
- 1 year
- Quarter (current)
Goals excite me and I love writing them down. Writing them down every week keeps me focused on what I need to do and reminds me of my why.
My long-term goals have stayed the same and I change/adjust my quarterly, weekly, and daily goals as I see fit.
This does not mean you can’t add/remove your long-term goals. The more you do this you may realize that one of your goals no longer speaks to you as much.
Week in Review
You probably accomplish a lot more each week than you think you do.
If you’re like me and tend to be hard on yourself or feel like you’re not doing enough, then this step is SO important.
List out EVERY accomplishment you can think of from the past week. Small or large, they should go on this list.
If you’re having a hard time remembering, break it down into all the areas of your life. Finances, career, relationships, health, social, spiritual, etc.
What you didn’t do (and how you’re going to resolve that)
Next you’re going to look into what didn’t happen and how you can improve.
This is an important step so you can figure out if you’re procrastinating on those things or if you need to remove/delegate them.
I look at my schedule and goals from the week and write down anything I didn’t get to. Sometimes this includes little things like “didn’t drink my protein at all” or bigger things such as, “didn’t finish writing [section] for course.”
Then I prioritize and schedule those things if I feel they are necessary.
For example, since I didn’t drink my protein at all one week, I literally added “drink protein” to my schedule. I added that on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the 3 days where I train my largest muscle groups.
I know it sounds silly, but I don’t really like drinking my protein. However, I know I should so I decided that 3x a week is a good number for me.
The point of this weekly meeting is to evaluate what and how to improve yourself.
The key for this step is determining what changes you need to make in order to reach those goals you wrote at the beginning.
What to learn/skill to develop
Learning leads to growth.
You can learn a skill, you can learn about yourself, you can learn academically, etc.
For me a lot of my learning revolves around coaching. My life coach (Natalie Bacon) coaches live twice a week, so those are always on my list.
I also like to dedicate 1 hour to working through a course. I am enrolled in a couple of blog/business courses so I choose one to work through that week.
You can focus in on one subject and implement that every week and you’ll eventually become an expert!
Or you can learn about something that you don’t really understand but you want to, such as investing or fitness.
The final portion is to analyze your stats.
So for some people this would include business stats (Google analytics, ad revenue, followers, other income, etc.).
However, you could analyze other things.
Maybe your weight, your sleep, how many steps you took, habits you’re tracking, how much you spent, and so on.
There are so many possibilities here.
I don’t want you to become fixated on any numbers though. This is simply to analyze where you’re at and to determine what you need to do going forward.
Following my meeting, I plan out my week. My goals and priorities are fresh in my mind so I can start plugging things into each day.
Having a meeting with myself has been so fun and has helped me to stay focused.