Weekly Planning Pages to Maximize Energy

Drumroll please….

Folks, we have a completed weekly planning sheet aimed to help us maximize energy, reduce stress, and seek balance between feeling good in the short and long-term.

The final things I added this week are a weekly habit tracker, weekly brain dump area, and daily water tracker.  Now look, please be careful with the habit tracker. There are a lot of things we *should not* do every day because, again, balance. BUT, many of us are trying to make other small improvements that definitely require daily attention – things like skincare, adding nutritious foods to our meals, improving sleep quality, focusing on positive self-talk, etc.

That was a great segue for my next point as I wrap things up, which is: almost nothing is inherently “bad” for us in small doses, and almost nothing is inherently “good” for us in massive doses.

Healthy behaviors can easily become unhealthy, and unhealthy behaviors can be healthy. Why? Because health is personal and subjective! Things affect us differently – physically, emotionally, and intellectually – so there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to what is and isn’t productive. It’s all about how we function, how we use these coping mechanisms, and how we adjust to make sure we’re consistently focused on how we feel in both the short and long-term.

Though there are no hard and fast rules in terms of what is specifically productive or self-destructive because everyone’s threshold is different, there are some general rules I use to determine which of these two my coping mechanisms fall into.

And please note: being able to determine whether the below-referenced items are true for ourselves – really true, not what we’ve assumed or “shoulded” ourselves into thinking to be true – depends on having that foundation of emotional intelligence for the self-awareness to make these determinations.  

Productive Habits and Coping Mechanisms

  • Enjoyable
  • Boosts energy
  • Reduces stress/helps daily life run more smoothly
  • Contributes to OR doesn’t take from long-term health
  • May fall under self-care or stress-care – or neither

Self-Destructive Habits and Coping Mechanisms

  • Not enjoyable
  • Depletes energy
  • Creates stress/makes daily life more difficult
  • Doesn’t contribute to long-term health
  • May fall under self-care or stress-care – or neither

The important thing to note, again, is that this is about balance. Doing something that explicitly fits one of these isn’t a big deal; it’s the volume that matters, which is why I’ve developed the weekly planning sheet to provide a visual of these factors. It should help us to easily see where we may be too heavily weighted or not putting enough time/attention, and provide enough of a macro view that we can easily shift things around to match our energy and deal with all the little things life throws at us.

Additionally, as I mentioned last week, this should provide a natural safety net in seeking balance by integrating the sections for mind, body, and soul. As we all know, it’s SO easy to find balance weighted more heavily toward the draining, which can lead to the habitual self-destructive coping.

Next week, I’m hoping to have some improvements to the sheet itself. My goal is to get it into a couple of different formats to make it easier to use electronically on both a computer and tablet/phone. In an effort to keep this post brief, next week I’ll also provide some specific examples to illustrate how “good” can go “bad” and vice versa.

Is there anything I left off the planner that you’d like to see?

Let me know and I’ll add it to the final versions!

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