How To Design a Strong Week for Better Energy

JD Meier
JD Meier
Oct 16, 2019 · 8 min read
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“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand

This idea can really be a game changer for you, if you never really thought about how you spend your energy, and how you renew your energy, each day, and each week.

Your energy renewal is the key to your sustainable pace. And, just like nobody can exercise for you, only you can figure out what you need to do to renew your energy.

You are the one that can develop the self-awareness to really figure out how you can spend more time in tasks and activities that make you stronger, and spend less time in tasks and activities that drain your life force out.

Self-awareness is the first step to making you stronger.

A Strong Week Empowers You to Respond to Life’s Challenges

Sometimes, it’s the gradual wear and tear of your daily grind.

You owe it to yourself to design a Strong Week that will empower you and help you slay your day with skill.

A Strong Week is one where you spend more time in your strengths and less time in your weaknesses. A Strong Week boosts both your energy and results. Not spending enough time in your strengths will gradually drain you.

Spending more time in your strengths will help you renew, help you rebuild your energy, and help you unleash better results in work and life.

Key Goals for This Article

  • Learn how to eliminate, consolidate, and reduce activities that make you weak.
  • Learn how to add strengths to your week to improve your energy and results.

Overview of Designing a Strong Week

Spending time in your strengths is just the opposite. The more time you spend in your strengths, the more you renew and recharge your energy.

In addition, spending time in your strengths improves your performance and gets better results.

Think about it — you’re spending more time doing what you’re great at.

Spend Less Time In Your Weaknesses

Worse, you might structure your week in a way that reinforces spending considerable time in your weaknesses.

The key is to be aware of your weaknesses and identify your strengths.

With this knowledge, you can be deliberate about how you spend your time.

You can push back where it makes sense.

Consolidate your weaknesses; rather than have them spread across your week and dominate your time, batch them together and limit the time spent on them.

Furthermore, you can add more strengths to your week.

Spend More Time In Your Strengths

Restructuring your week and moving things around will dramatically improve your results.

When you do this exercise, don’t be too concerned whether you can accurately tell weaknesses from strengths.

You’ll find it’s a sliding scale.

The key is to take the first step towards being aware.

Once you start paying attention to what makes you weak or what makes you strong, use it to improve your daily and weekly results.

You don’t need to suddenly get rid of all your weaknesses or suddenly spend all your time in your strengths.

Keep Learning and Improving

By checking how you spend your time each week, you’ll gradually shift.

As you shift, you’ll produce more effective results in shorter periods of time.

You’ll have more energy and you’ll enjoy what you do.

This is the essence of a Strong Week.

Key Steps

  • Step 2 — Map Out Your Strengths
  • Step 3 — Design a Strong Week

Note: In the following steps, we’ll focus on just Monday through Friday. You can include weekends too if you want, but I suggest first getting a handle on the core week days, before worrying about the weekend.

The exception is if your work week starts on a Sunday, then I would start there.

Step 1 — Map Out Your Weaknesses

Trust your gut.

You can use a whiteboard or a sheet of paper.

Think of it like a heat map; scan your week quickly for your key activities and identify whether they drain you.

If that doesn’t work for you, then walk through each day and determine which activities make you weak.

Chances are, when you first do this, it will look like a scatter chart.

Your weak activities will scattered throughout the day.

Example of Mapping Out Your Weaknesses

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Rather than use a “W,” you can identify the actual activity that makes you weak.

What’s important is that you can easily see how the weaknesses are spread out.

Checkpoint

  • Can you identify the types of work that make you weak?
  • Can you identify who drains you and who catalyzes you? What’s the pattern?

Step 2 — Map Out Your Strengths

These are the activities that come easy for you and you enjoy doing.

At first, your strong activities are probably like a scatter chart, just like your weaknesses.

Awareness is the first step.

Example of Mapping Out Your Strengths

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Rather than use an “S,” you can identify the actual activity that makes you strong.

What’s important is that you can easily see how the strengths are spread out.

Checkpoint

  • Can you identify the types of work that make you strong?
  • Can you identify the patterns of people that catalyze you?

Step 3 — Design a Strong Week

Eliminate Your Weaknesses

Consolidate Your Weaknesses

This creates a glide path for the rest of the day, especially as you add more strengths.

Add Strengths

This may require negotiation with your team, your manager, or your family, but in the long run, everyone benefits from your renewed vigor for life as you get more from your day to day.

You might find that it’s tough to add activities that make you strong.

Start simple and don’t rush. For example, you might schedule a weekly lunch with a mentor or friend that lifts you up; or perhaps, scheduling time with yourself — some quiet, alone time — is what recharges you.

You also might find some simple ways to adjust the work you are already doing to play to your strengths.

Get creative.

The more focus and energy you put on playing to your strengths, the more you’ll amplify your results.

While you might get some quick wins under your belt, it’s really a winning strategy for the long run.

Continue improving your weekly schedule over time by adding more strengths and eliminating more weaknesses.

Example of a Strong Week

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Notice that weaknesses are consolidated, and there are strengths throughout the week and throughout each day.

In fact, one key way to improve your energy later in the day is to add activities that make you strong.

Helpful Tips

  • Add more activities that make you strong.
  • Start with something simple. You don’t need to make it all or nothing. Simple wins add up. Eliminating even a few weaknesses really lifts a weight from your shoulders. Likewise, adding a few strengths renews your energy and makes thing happen.
  • Pair up with people. You might find that pairing up on things that make you weak helps you enjoy them more. You might also find that you get more from your strengths when you pair up or team up with others.
  • Test your results. Rather than try to predict results, test combinations and observe what happens. Pay attention to how you feel. Simply making a few shifts in your weekly schedule can dramatically impact your energy.

Checkpoint

  • Have you found a way to add a few activities that make you stronger?
  • Have you consolidated your weaknesses as best as you can?

While you may not be able to spend as much time as you’d like in your strengths, the goal is really to build your self-awareness around how you manage your energy day throughout your day, day in and day out.

As you become more aware of the activities and tasks that drain you, and of the activities and tasks that make you come alive, over time you will learn how to better manage how you spend your energy and how you renew it.

It’s a continuous process of learning and adapting to trend in a better direction for work and life.

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JD Meier

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JD Meier

Do anything better. Best-selling author of Getting Results the Agile Way. Better insights, better results, http://SourcesOfInsight.com

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JD Meier

Written by

JD Meier

Do anything better. Best-selling author of Getting Results the Agile Way. Better insights, better results, http://SourcesOfInsight.com

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