The Life Area Energy Level Gauge: How Are Your Energy Levels?

EinsteinQuoteIt’s taken me awhile, but I’ve come to the same conclusion as Einstein!  To be productive, we need to manage energy. To focus our energy, we need to be aware of the balance of many different life areas.

Everything is energy, and energy is everything.

Most of us know what it takes to increase our physical energy. We know the importance of taking care of our bodies and gaining strength with exercise. But when we develop strengths in all life areas, we can amp up our energy levels in all dimensions! There are some very practical actions we can take, and the activities for a Year of Personal Development are a good starting point.

We need to know where to get started, though. After all, we can’t do everything at once! This is where the Life Area Energy Gauge comes in.

Similar to a Wheel of Life, the Life Area Energy Gauge provides an overview of energy levels in 12 areas of life, clearly showing which areas are low and need more attention. This one page tool is quick and easy to use, a great way to perform an annual review and add focus.


The 12 Life Areas

  • MIND: mental, career, finance
  • BODY: physical, organization, recreation
  • HEART: relationships, social, emotional
  • SOUL: purpose, character, spirituality

(chronodex from artist Kate Smith)

Life Area Energy Level Gauge


There are four statements for each life area. If you can answer with “yes” or “usually,” you can check a square for that statement. If your answer is “no” or “sometimes,” you don’t check the square, revealing which areas could use more attention.

Example – Physical

  • You drink 8 glasses of water a day
  • You eat healthy food
  • You exercise at least 3 times a week
  • You get enough sleep

It is easy to see that if you can answer these statements with “yes” or “usually,” your energy levels are doing well in the physical life area. With the full tool at the Daily PlanIt Shop, you can check your levels in all twelve life areas. Find ideas for goals to set to improve energy levels and make plans to develop. Learn how to create habits to overcome procrastination and gain motivation.

Now, I’m no energy expert. In fact, I’ve always thought of myself as a low-energy person. But I think it would be great to have more energy. Here are a few ideas for ways to increase energy.

See also: Effectiveness is All About Managing Your Time, Energy, and Attention from Productive Flourishing. A video from The Science of People demonstrates a Wheel of Life: The Science of Goals.

See more tools for brand and purpose, and personal development at the Resource page.

I seek to create order from the chaos of complex information. Join me at the Daily PlanIt to gain insights, inspiration, and information to increase skills for a better life. I unlock the power of teaching reading with phonics in the pursuit of literacy at In my spare time I explore books and movies, often choosing titles available on both screen and page.

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7 comments on “The Life Area Energy Level Gauge: How Are Your Energy Levels?
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