I prefer to have a schedule of things in my calendar so that I have an idea of what to focus on on a particular day. During weekends I try to plan my upcoming week in advance using Google Calendar. I’ve tried multiple calendar apps in the past, but have reverted back to Google Calendar as it is simple, free and syncs flawlessly across all my devices. I was looking at a way to track how I feel during the day and came across this method of colour-coding your calendar events by Sahil Bloom. He recently named it ‘Energy Calendar’, a method with which you can colour code a particular event in your calendar according to how you feel. Looking at the colour patterns in your calendar, you can get a holistic view of your day and prioritize tasks that are less daunting.
The framework or method is simple. Simply, colour code the events in your calendar at the end of the activity or day using the following or something similar:
- 🌲Energizer: Energized me and made me think about it for hours
- 🔵Energy Gainer: Created some energy.
- ⭐️Neutral: Not too great or too bad
- 🔺Energy Drainer: Sucked the energy out of me
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- At the end of the week, have a look a the past week’s events and reflect upon what all events drained your energy.
- If two consecutive events are draining your energy, try to reorganize them. Revisit these events again next week.
- Revaluate those events that are constantly sucking out your energy.
- If any particular item in your calendar is not appearing too great, even though you expected it to be energizing, analyze what happened. Maybe the timing was not correct.
- Be grateful for the energizing activities.
- Strive to make your calendar fully green!
Disclaimer: Even though this hack sounds fancy, I’ve discontinued this method as it adds a lot of friction to my process.
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