Issue #
9
The power of a weekly review

Hey passionate creator,

Every Friday we have a weekly review.

I first came across weekly reviews in David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD), but I didn’t realise their value until I joined Passionfroot.

With so many things going on, it's easy to focus on task after task, but sometimes you lose sense of the bigger picture. Progress feels less meaningful.

Weekly reviews help to combat that. They give you the chance to get everything in order, close any loops, reflect on how things are going, and set yourself up for a good week. They'd benefit creators who feel pulled in multiple directions.

The beauty of a weekly review is there’s no one-size-fits all method, but here are some ideas of what you can include:

  • Brain dump: offload any tasks and notes
  • Reflect on the week: what went well? What didn’t go well? What have you learnt?
  • Check your goals: what progress have you made so far?
  • Follow up: is there anything you're waiting on which is dependent on someone else?
  • Check your calendar: is everything up to date?
  • Plan the week ahead: what are the most important to dos?
  • Review your ‘Maybe/Someday’ list: is there anything you can start now?
  • Journal: are you spending time in a way that aligns with the life you want?

When you have so much going on already, a weekly review might sound counter-productive. But set aside some time each week, and you'll quickly realise the clarity, focus and direction that weekly reviews provide.

And now onto our 5 filtered finds for the week:

How to produce a top 1$ podcast with Danny Miranda

With guests like Gary Vaynerchuk, The Danny Miranda Podcast has grown to be a top 1% podcast. In this episode Danny swaps seats from host to guest, and shares his process for publishing 3 episodes a week, contacting guests and research. My biggest takeaway was how Danny reframes a heavy workload; he doesn’t see it as recording 3 episodes a week, but rather having 3 conversations a week.

Resources to learn the art and science of storytelling

Robbie Crabtree is an ex-trial lawyer who tTweaches start up founders the art of persuasive storytelling. Most creators are well versed in the art of storytelling, but if you fancy sharpening up your skills, these resources from Robbie will help you get there.

How I book $1k per Month in Newsletter Ads

$1000 a month in revenue is pretty impressive for a newsletter with 1600 subscribers. This in-depth article breaks down everything from pricing ads to getting the copy right for your ad. I like that this article covers how to get sponsors from inbound requests, outbound requests (pitching) and marketplaces, and provides relevant advice for different audience sizes.

How to Build an Online Community

You have a lot of value as a creator, but it’s your community that unlocks your true potential. This guide breaks down different types of online communities, strategies to grow one, and how to manage a community. A happy community = a happy creator!

How to Remember What You Read

According to Austin Kleon, no idea is original. Taking inspiration from books and articles isn’t stealing, it’s a necessity to spark ideas. With that in mind, being able to remember what you read is a useful skill for content creation and connecting the dots for ideation. This is the most in-depth article I’ve ever read on the topic and I especially like the mental models shared to help deepen our understanding of books.\


And that's it for the week!

Stay passionate,

Akta