Setting Weekly Goals,
Holding Yourself Accountable
Yesterday, I described my productive use of three snow days and the "satisfaction of completion." Today, I want to describe a tool my business coach, Christine Kane, advised me to use in her UpLevel Your Life on-line coaching program.
She calls the tool the "Sunday Summit" because she encourages you to use it once a week to plan your intention for the week. I have used it every week for three years.
The 2-page tool consists of eight questions. The questions on page one help you focus on gains made the last week and create accountability for missed goals.
The questions are:
1. What have I accomplished this week?
2. Is there anything I wanted to accomplish but did not?
3. What a-ha's or awakenings have I had this week?
4. What challenges am I experiencing?
5. If I were coaching myself, what would I tell myself about those challenges?
The second page shifts focus to the coming week. The questions are:
6. What are my top three priorities for this coming week?
7. If I could get nothing else done this week but ONE THING, what one thing would I choose to do? What one thing would make me happy and proud?
8. How do I want to feel this week? Who do I want to BE?
I really like the first question. As a busy professional woman, I always have a long to-do list. This question gives me a moment to savor my accomplishments and celebrate the progress I have made. Threes on the enneagram have an especially hard time doing this, so this tool can help them.
For Question 7, I can almost never pick just one thing as the week's priority. I typically have three must-do projects for each week. If I fail to complete one of them, I roll it to Questions 2 and 6 of the Sunday Summit for the next week.
Three questions attempt to capture mindset, emotions, and softer aspects of weekly success. When I look back over the collection of Sunday Summits that I have created, the answers to Questions 4, 5, and 8 often prove most revealing about the growth I am experiencing.