Whether you journal every day, use a bullet journal, or simply have a section in your planner or a place on your phone to jot notes, taking stock of your week is a great way to reflect on what went well and what needs attention.
This simple practice can help you to become more aware of what you are and are not accomplishing and gain insight on your habits and patterns (both positive and negative).
The Erotic Journal Challenge will set aside every Saturday for this purpose. So, I want to stop for a moment and provide some guidance on completing a weekly review so you can celebrate your accomplishments and acknowledge any valuable lessons you learned.
This review exercise can be applied to all areas of your life, but since this is an erotic journal, we’ll be focusing on sex, sensuality, and relationship(s).
What is a Weekly Review?
A weekly review is the practice of looking back on the past week to see how things went.
Everyone will choose to reflect on their week differently. You might record memories, list accomplishments and celebrate, make a gratitude list, or take some time to answer some self-reflection questions.
Then right after you review the previous week, you can use what you’ve learned to plan the next week.
Why do a Weekly Review?
There are many benefits to completing a weekly review and taking time to pause and reflect on how the past 6 days went.
It makes every week feel like a new beginning, full of new possibilities and newfound motivation. This provides you 52 opportunities to start fresh and put the past week behind you.
It’s like giving your mind and life a quick reset.
It can also help you stay on track with your goals because it’ll give you the time to check your progress and determine if any changes need to be made.
When to do a Weekly Review?
First, you need to decide when you want to do your weekly review. You might do this on Friday, at the end of your work day to set yourself up for the next week, before you forget everything over the weekend. You might do it on Saturday morning, with a cup of coffee and a freshly rested mind. Or, you might do it Sunday evening. Maybe your week follows a different pattern, because of your work schedule, so Thursdays might be your actual “end of week.”
How to do a Weekly Review?
Now that you know what a weekly review is, why it’s important to do one, and when you will fit it in, let me walk you through the process.
The idea is to set up a routine that you follow each week. Keep that routine short and do-able; I like to keep things down to three. For example, in my weekly review, I answer these three questions:
- What went well?
- What didn’t go well?
- What can I learn from this?
Here are some other questions you can use:
1. What was my biggest accomplishment this week?
2. What inspired me this week?
3. What created stress or anxiety for me?
4. What kind of progress did I make toward my goals?
5. Create a gratitude list.
6. Mind-body-soul? What did you do to improve yourself of fulfill yourself in each of these areas?
7. What made you feel good this week? This is different from gratitude, because it’s always internal, not external. This can be in reference to feelings that are physical or emotional.
Really make sure you take some time to answer the questions you select and reflect on your answers. Your answers can act as a guide for when you go to plan your next week.
If you have a great way to review your week, please share it in the comments so others may benefit!
Here are some other good references to help you create a good weekly review routine:
This last one is a great transition into the next section…
Plan for your upcoming week:
Based on your review, you can now plan your upcoming week. Set your priorities, consider steps you’ll need to take toward your goals, write a to-do list, create your intentions, find inspiration to guide you. There are so many ways you can plan ahead, but just like the review, you want to keep it routine and simple. You also want to set aside time to complete it. You might want to tack it on to your review, completing both in the same sitting. Or, you may want a break. I like to do my review on Saturday and my planning ahead on Sunday. But, you do you, boo.
I also like to keep this to three questions, for simplicity and time’s sake. My questions are these:
- What are my priorities for the week?
- How can I apply what I learned last week to improve the one ahead?
- What will I do to feed my mind, body, and soul?
You might also consider your goals and what steps you’ll take to reach those goals this week. Here’s a related graphic I like:
It might also be helpful to set an intention or choose a guiding theme or quote, write a to-do list, and time-block your week ahead. Taking the time to plan ahead will allow you peace of mind, knowing you have scheduled around what you have to do, what you need to do, and what you want to do. There might have to be some give and take to fit it all in, that’s why I like to time-block. It ensures, ahead of time, that I’ve made an effort to live to my priorities, knowing that I also have obligations (like work, transportation, errands, etc.) that will take time away from things I like to do for myself (like read and write) and the things I need to do for my soul & relationships (like spend time with my family). It’s all a balance game. But planning ahead allows me to fit it all in, even if that means letting some things go to make it happen. There are so many hours in a day, and I want to spend them the best way that I can.