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Cheat Sheet – Monday Vision, Daily Outcomes, and Friday Reflection Pattern

Cheat Sheet - Monday Vision, Daily Outcomes, and Friday Reflection Pattern

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” — Ovid

One of the most important patterns in Getting Results is the Monday Vision, Daily Outcomes, and Friday Reflection pattern.   It’s a simple way to get meaningful results each day and each week.  It’s how I avoid getting overwhelmed and how I drive results for myself, the teams I lead, and the people I mentor.

What makes the results meaningful is that each week, on Mondays, you’re stepping back and looking across what matters in your life.  This means taking a look at your life hot spots (mind, body, emotions, career, financial, relationships, and fun.)  It also means taking a look at the activities and projects you are juggling at work and in your personal life.  It’s a quick way to see the forest from the trees.  This is how you carve out meaningful results for the week.  You can see the end in mind, and when you know the goals, you can pace yourself better, prioritize easier, and focus more effectively.

Each day, you can create stories for your results.  Using The Rule of 3, you limit yourself to 3 stories (you can always bite off more, but use 3 to focus and concentrate your time and energy.)  To guide yourself, you simply ask, “What are my 3 best results for today?”  The Rule of 3 has been around for a long time.  Marketing uses it.  The military uses it.  You can use it in your everyday life to avoid overwhelm, organize your time and energy, and simplify your life, while improving your results.

On Friday’s, this is your time to reflect and check the score.  Simply ask yourself what are 3 things going well and what are 3 things to improve.  This is a chance to celebrate your victories and to learn your personal success patterns and personal anti-patterns.  It’s also a great way to improve your rhythm of results.  If things aren’t getting done, you need to ask yourself, why?  Are you biting off too much, or are you getting distracted.  If you’re getting things done, but not getting the results you want, you have to ask yourself, are you working on the right things?  Are you spending the right time and the right energy, or does it feel more like you’re just going through the motions.  Use your own reflection and insights as a way to learn and improve.  The beauty is, you get a new chance at results, each day and each week.  You can test what you learn, apply your learning, and improve as you go.

This is the path of continuous growth.  It’s this path that will help you improve in any dimension of your work or life.

To compact this concept and make it easy to visualize and remember, I created a new cheat sheet:

Enjoy!

Photo by ccarlstead.

12 Comments on "Cheat Sheet – Monday Vision, Daily Outcomes, and Friday Reflection Pattern"

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  1. I just LOVE the rule of 3, simple, magical effective. And I do naturally gravitate towards Monday planning and Friday looking-back, so this plan fits right into my life. Some people dread Mondays but Monday makes me feel alive and ready to go, after I drop my child off at school.

    And Friday, of course is the perfect time to reflect. And boy — when I really focussed on my work last week and minimized ditractions did I ever get some stuff done!! xo

  2. JD says:

    Hey Jannie

    It sounds like you never have a case of the Mondays … that’s great. I actually enjoy Mondays now too. Mondays are where I really get creative and design my week, and then I do my heavy lifting on Tue, Wed, and Thu.

    I know for some people Fridays are Hawaiian shirt-day, but for me, I really like to unwind and reflect.

  3. Hilary says:

    Hi JD – I like that link across to the cheat sheet .. big stories, then 3 little ones incorporated. The rhythm of results – has a ring to it .. should help ticking the little threes off, as we go through our days. Jannie says it all – be prepared for Monday .. work methodically through the week succeeding as you go .. tidy up your work sheet on Friday – so much will have been achieved. Plan over the weekend – so Monday is ready to go. Thank you – Hilary

  4. I love the simplicity of it JD, I already told you. And you are right, it gives you the opportunity to reflect. That’s what conscious living is all about.

  5. Fabulous chart, JD! As I read the post, I thought Mondays looked heavy and wasn’t sure I followed. But seeing it drawn out as well as explained clarifies it well for me. I printed it.

    I am with Jannie — I love Mondays! I have a whole week ahead of me. By Thursday I’m wondering if I’ve accomplished much at all. I’m good at focusing on what I need to do, and getting it done. But was that all I had thought I’d do by then?

    This is good stuff……. Thank you.

  6. JD says:

    @ Hilary

    You said it and the beauty is you can scale it up and down, just by adjusting your stories. When I have an off day, I scale it way down … to the point where one of my stories might just be “have a great lunch” :)

    @ Lana

    Reflection really is a skill and doing it at least once a week is a great chance to get better each time.

    @ Barb

    The beauty is every week you get practice and, trust me, it gets simpler and even more effective as you go. It’s such a simple way to drop bad habits, pick up good ones, and really celebreate your wins.

  7. Hilary says:

    Hi JD .. good lunch, good nap, happy evening with the family .. the rule of three! Enjoy the weekend!

  8. Hi J.D.

    The law of three is brilliant. As most people know, we put way too much on our plates and at the end of the day, or week, feel we’ve gotten nothing done. Although we may have, with so much to concentrate on, it just doesn’t feel that way.

    I like Monday’s too. It’s like a fresh beginning, every seven days. :)

  9. JD says:

    @ Hilary

    You got it!

    @ Barbara

    You hit the nail squarely on the head. It’s that *fresh* start that makes all the difference. Out with yesterday’s burdens and in with today’s opportunities!

  10. This may sound strange, but I hadn’t heard of the rule of 3 before reading your post (where have I been?!). I love all the cool comments people shared, though; they’re enough to get me to crawl out of this cave I’ve been living in!

  11. I know I need to do a better job of envisioning my week. There are a lot of important projects that I leave out. I’ve slowly gotten better, but I should apply the rule of 3. So that’s what I’m going to do right now – starting with planning my week.

  12. JD says:

    @ Megan

    It’s one of those things that once you know about it, it starts showing up everywhere. I’m finding it really is the key to avoiding information overload and making more meaningful stories … a day at a time, a week at a time, a month at a time, and a year at a time.

    @ Karl

    That’s a perfect way to start — just decide and go. Very nice!