Join the Worldwide GTD Weekly Review

Date: Friday, May 15, 2009 by GTD Times Staff

David Allen has often said, “If you are not doing a Weekly Review, you are not doing GTD.”   Even though it’s the  “Critical Success Factor,” it seems to be one of those parts of GTD that can be harder to make a habit than others. Believe me, in all my years of doing GTD myself and teaching others, the Weekly Review gets people so tangled up and stressed out about what it should look/feel/sound like, that they avoid it entirely.

Whenever I would do GTD seminars, I would recommend people get a “GTD buddy” to support them in doing the Weekly Review. Sound like kid stuff?  It is–but it works.  It’s a support system to keep people to their word.  Think about, if you were to commit to a Weekly Review, and have someone ask you how it went afterward, or even do one at the same time, wouldn’t you be more inclined to actually do one?

Over on Twitter, avid GTD’er and GTD Connect Member Darla suggested we do a “group weekly review.”  I jumped at the idea.  I would love to facilitate people getting clear, current and creative.  Sounds like a great time to me!  Her vision for this is:

“Our goal could be to make the weekly review fun – remove the mystery – remove the feeling of “have to” that so many people put on it.”

So, here’s how it will work:

On Thursday, May 28th from 10AM-11AM Pacific Time in California (check your local time), clear your schedule to do a GTD Weekly Review.  Follow me @GTDCoachKelly, or follow the tag #Tweekly.  I’ll walk everyone through the GTD Weekly Review checklist.  We’ll have 5 minutes per step before moving on to the next one.  Yes, 5 minutes.  Idea is to get you through a taste of all of 11 steps.  If you’re not done with a step, just bookmark your next actions list with what’s left and move on to the next one.  I’ll Tweet the step and an explanation of what you can do.  Or, if you are so inspired and getting good stuff out of the step you’re on, stay there. There’s no “should” here except to get whatever value you want to get out of it!

Grab a free copy of the Weekly Review checklist before the Big Day.

By the way, you can follow David Allen on Twitter @GTDGuy.  There’s also loads of traffic with the #gtd tag.

5/26/09: Read the latest update on this.

13 Responses to “Join the Worldwide GTD Weekly Review”

  1. Graham E. says:

    Wonderful idea! I will be there.

  2. Darla says:

    Kelly – you stopped just short of saying “GTD Super Nerd Darla….” lol

    Looking forward to #tweekly review… I saw someone on Twitter from Amsterdam comment that it was being held at 1am in the morning there… Well, we can’t fix that.


    @darlakbrown on twitter

  3. Ray says:

    I’m in.


  4. Thanks so much — #tweekly review is in my calendar! Have you thought of a way to capture how many of us will be tuning in and tuning up?

  5. I’m there. I need help with this!

  6. Mark says:

    Kelly’s generosity and expertise are really tempting, but a team of wild horses couldn’t draw me into the focus vortex otherwise known as Twitter.

  7. Shakti says:

    If this will be an ongoing weekly thing, is there any chance of varying the time a little from week to week? 7-8 am east coast is right in the middle of my make breakfast, pack snack and lunch, shower, etc. time. And now, getting up earlier doesn’t work since the wee people who need the breakfasts and lunches will still be asleep.

  8. Kelly says:

    Hi there everyone!

    Wow, the response so far has been fantastic.

    Darla: We are both fluent GTD Geeks!

    Susan: Not sure how to catch who is joining. I’ll have to think about that one. Maybe a poll on the GTD Forum asking people if they joined or not, what they got out of it, and if they want to do it again.

    Mark: Smart man. Resist the Twitter River as long as you can. You won’t want to get out.

    Shakti: This might be the first and last time we do this. Who knows. Just a fun experiment. But if people like it, and it seems to be valuable for people, I’m happy to do it more often. If you are on the east coast of U.S. though, this would be +3 hours, which is 1PM for you.

  9. Ken says:

    I will be at the Denver Mastering Workflow seminar that day! How ironic…

  10. Dave S. says:

    Kelly, this is a terrific idea! I have the time blocked out on my calendar. For some reason I resist formally blocking out the time for a Weekly Review when I know it’s just me involved.

  11. I love this idea, but that’s 3am Sydney time! Any chance of doing it afternoon your time so it’s not so early for me?

  12. Awesome idea to promote accountability! Looking forward to this.

  13. Jim says:

    wonderful idea – can’t wait to follow.

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