My main struggle with the weekly review has not only been complexity, but clarity.
What do I review? How do I review it? To what depth do I need to analyze everything?
There’s never really been a clear teaching that helps me understand exactly what a weekly review should look like. That’s the same for most all of productivity. It’s been a series of ideas or individuals‘ implementations, but little insight into the mindsets and actual processes required.
I’ll be honest, that’s exactly where I have struggled in this space. Having been part of this community for a period of time now, and having journaled out struggles and parts of my system has helped me. I don’t think it’s possible to try to figure this out on your own.
In part it goes back to what you were talking about on the latest episode of theoretical accountability with the perennial seller. Very few people want to show the grit and hard work that it takes to get somewhere. You also can’t sell that very well.
I do think there is a real desire to see the struggle and iteration, though. As I like to put it, everyone wants to be Mark Zuckerberg without putting in the hundreds of hours of iteration to get there. They just want the overnight success.
That’s been me in the productivity space. But that’s partly because the productivity space has failed to show me just how iterative the productivity process is. You can’t just say well I’m going to implement GTD today and everything is fixed. Heck, you have to work really hard to get GTD to work! There’s so much meta-data that needs to be tracked, decided upon, and kept up but it gets challenging.
All this ranting to say that yes I have severely struggled at times with the weekly review, and all other kinds of reviews, just as much as the next guy. I want to avoid it because it’s a bunch of manual work for something that I think the computer should do for me. I want to avoid it because it takes so much time. Because I don’t always know what the heck to do. And, ultimately, I’ve struggled with it feeling pointless.