Conducting a weekly review is an excellent time management habit to develop. The weekly review, via David Allen, author of the classic Getting Things Done, involves reviewing how you spent your time the previous week and how you can improve going forward. It involves three steps:
- Get clear
- Get current
- Get creative
This practice will help you plan your schedule, avoid nasty surprises, and stay on top of things. Of course, interruptions are bound to happen. Don't let talking to your bestie for 20 minutes make you feel you've ruined your productivity for the day. You've only been derailed temporarily, not it's time to get back on track. Plus, making time for people who matter is important.