The Weekly Review

I’m a huge fan and advocate for David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” (GTD) work-life management system.  Adopting the methodology is a life-long exercise I’ve found.  But really embedding the framework in my life has made me much more productive, focused and (yes) happier.  Or at least much less stressed out.

So how does this apply to endurance sports training?

One of the key tenets of GTD is the weekly review.  There are many different approaches that you can adopt in the weekly review.  I’ve found that taking my 50,000 foot view through three lenses (coaching business growth, work growth, personal growth) helps, and asking myself the following 7 questions about the past week in  each of these categories is essential.

  1. What will I try to improve on next week?
  2. What was I most proud of this week?
  3. What was my biggest accomplishment this week?
  4. What have I done to get closer to my endurance sports goals this week?
  5. What was hard for me this week, and why?
  6. What was my biggest waste of time this week?
  7. What did I do this week that made me ashamed?

I’m not suggesting that you have to swallow the whole GTD enchilada,  but as you work your foam roller on Sunday afternoon, try ask yourself these questions about your training this week, and  makes some notes in your training log.

See where the answers take you.


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