Every relationship has ups and downs. However, there is no challenge that a couple can’t overcome if partners really love each other. A crucial and effective way to improve a relationship is to review it every week. This enables each partner in a relationship to know what they are doing right, what they are doing wrong and what they need to do.

Here are tips on how to improve a relationship with a weekly review:

Get Loose Ends

Check things that may need your attention as a couple that you haven’t attended to during the week. Collect statements, bills, and letters and put them in one bucket. These will always be there provided you have a rented house, pets, and children in the house. Discuss the loose ends and fix them together.

Process Inboxes

When you enter a relationship, you decide to spend time together as one. It’s therefore important that you discuss inbox messages that affect any partner in a relationship together. Decide on the action to take based on your discussion. You can even come up with a family calendar or a space where you will stick notes and the tasks to be done.

Talk about Troubles

Discuss things that may have not gone according to plan over the week. Let each partner know things that are troubling the other. Share your struggles and how you intend to overcome them. Also discuss things that you enjoyed over the week and things that you may want to do more. Let your partner know issues that are occupying your thoughts. These could be repairs, messiness, or kid problems. Remember that this is a two-person review not a solo review. Therefore, each partner should be prepared to face challenges that are affecting the other partner. Both parties should commit to constructive responses and total honesty.

Actions and Projects

Present actions or projects that you have taken or handled over the week. Discuss things like upcoming house repairs, carpet repairs, doctor’s appointments, and vacations. Come up with an action plan for each project or activity. Decide on the role that each partner in the relationship will play to make the project run smoothly and successfully.

Review Checklist

Come up with a checklist of what you want to do as a couple. For instance, if you intend to go shopping, come up with a shopping list. Discuss the items to buy and where to buy them. If you intend to travel, discuss the items that you will pack. If you have an upcoming birthday party, come up with a checklist of the items that you need to make the party successful.

Dream

Discuss your future together. Come up with long-term plans and how to execute them. Think about things that you desire to have but don’t have the ability to acquire them now. This enables you to incubate ideas and work towards achieving them.

Be Courageous and Creative

Come up with thought-provoking and risk-taking ideas. Be creative and courageous when approaching things.

Always remember that weekly review time is not time for criticizing each other. It is time for being open about issues, ideas and plans as well as coming up with ways of fixing them. Follow this guide to use a weekly review to improve your relationship.