1) Pick a regular time - Sometime Sunday morning, afternoon or evening usually works.
2) Weekly inventory can include several elements, depending on how you want to approach it i.e.
a) Review current agreements
b) Weekly planning
c) Review of what’s been going well
d) Whatever budgeting conversation needs to occur (this may need a whole separate meeting) and then finally,
e) Solving issues (or tweaking current agreements).
These are issues that seem like they will need a little more attention than just a U.S.A. request at Nightly Inventory but aren’t necessarily requiring a “Real Conversation” or “Love Seat” - although they could.
3) It’s a good idea to put a time limit on the issues segment of a Weekly Inventory. Be intentional, respectful, creative and inspired enough get through issues in no longer than 20 to 30 minutes max, even if you only cover one issue.
4) Ideally, issues should be written down in advance. This insures that you’re not coming into a conversation hot, and that you’ve hopefully done some breakthrough work on whatever it is.
5) Dealing with the issues can either be:
a) a simple, unloaded, specific, affirmative request, or, if inspired,,,
b) a Real Conversation (which always works best by quickly reviewing the articles of peace before jumping in), or…
c) a Love Seat.
6) If this is a bigger issue, meaning more than 10 minutes in a Love Seat or Real Conversation, you may want to make sure that whichever partner didn’t have the issue could bring up his or her issues at the next inventory.