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The One Exercise I Do Every Month

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We live in a world where we are totally overloaded with everyone’s idea of what we need to do in order to be ‘better’.

Better than we are.

Better than the next person.

Better at running a business.

With all this sheer volume of noise it is difficult to cut through to what is really important to us.

To what we do. Horses for courses and all that.

All I know is that we have to use the tools and techniques that suit us.

We can look around at what others do but don’t get hooked into following the guru.

He or she may not be right. He or she may only be trying to promote their latest product!

For me, the most valuable exercise I have used is a simple one called The Review/Preview Process.

Simple but powerful.

While time management and efficiency systems come and go, I stick with The Review/Preview Process.

And that is simply because it works!

Once a month I set aside, say, 30 minutes and spend roughly a third of the time reviewing what has happened and roughly two-thirds previewing the coming month.

This simple exercise keeps me focused on what I have done and what I am about to do.

It links into my long-term goals and helps keep me on track.

I could expand on the Review/Preview process but I think you can figure out your own system and set of questions.

My starter for ten would be:-

Sample review questions:

  • What worked?
  • What didn’t work?
  • What are you proud of?
  • What could have been done better?
  • What was the best conversation?
  • What must you do more of?
  • What must you do less of?
  • What must you keep on doing?


Sample preview questions:

  • What’s the one thing you have to nail that will make everything else less important or less necessary?
  • What are your top three projects and what needs to be done in the coming month?
  • What’s holding you back from getting what you want?
  • What are you scared of happening?
  • What will success look like?
  • Who do you need to talk to?
  • How can you simplify your goals?
  • Have you created enough time for family, private and social activities as well as work goals?
  • What can you do to maintain a healthy, positive attitude?

Robert Craven

Robert Craven

International Keynote Business Speaker


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