A year ago I wrote about the fear that is often correlated with the Weekly Review. I still that’s a valid point but this past week I’ve been considering a much simpler reason I skip the Weekly Review: complexity.
When I was heavy on OmniFocus I had a long checklist of things I would do for the Weekly Review. Even when I had a short checklist I had a lot of project folders to examine and a number of contexts to verify. Frankly, it’s always been too much and took too long. It wasn’t uncommon for me to spend two hours on a review.
And yet, I’m the guy who promoted the Weekly Review! I should have this figured out, right?
It’s no secret that I’m moving to paper. And that not-so-simple migration has taught me a LOT about myself. And as far as a review goes, I learned that I’ve been doing too much and give myself too many things to look over. It’s a big time commitment if a review takes two hours. But if it takes 20 minutes to update all my projects and do a brain dump, I end up with more time to do the higher level thinking and still keep it under 45 minutes.
I don’t know why I didn’t think this through well enough before, but alas, here we are. Please tell me I’m not the only one that struggles with this.