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June 27, 2019

Conducting Weekly Check Ins

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For a while now, I have been conducting weekly check ins. Every Monday morning, Zach and I get on the phone and catch up about interesting insights we had throughout the week. Then, we reflect on our productivity during the week. If we accomplished the goals we set out to accomplish, and set new goals for the upcoming week that we will hold each other accountable to. Often, we check in with each other during the week and remind them to complete their weekly goals. Needless to say, you don’t want to have to report that you didn’t achieve them.

But, what I realized in one of our more recent calls, is outside of the external accountability of a performance partner, it is really useful just to take the 15 minutes to think through my opinion on how I performed the previous week. The calls force me to slow down and analyze how I spent my time, often from a critical lens, which I have found to be really eye opening and valuable.  

And a week seems to be about the right amount of time for a check-in. It’s long enough to do something big or prove you can build a new habit. I like the concept so much that I now write down my Wins of the Week on my goal sheet to facilitate more of that positive introspection.

So, I’d encourage you to take the time to journal about your week, maybe even at the end of this weekend, to set your goals for the next week and begin this cycle of tests to iterate.

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