Project: Create Your Action Plan

Melissa Steginus
A free video tutorial from Melissa Steginus
Author, Speaker, Productivity Coach & Wellness Specialist
4.5 instructor rating • 1 course • 9,233 students

Lecture description

Create your productive self care practice. Follow along with this video to create your purposeful, personal, and practical self care action plan.

The purpose of an action plan is to reduce the guesswork. Instead of having a tough day and having no clue what to do about it or repressing stress and emotion, you’ll have a go-to plan of action. A productive process.

In this project, you will create your action plan ANSWER:

  • Awareness: assess your current lifestyle and ideals

  • Needs: define your self care needs, activities, and more

  • Schedule yourself into your day and life

  • Why: outline specific parameters and intentions for your plan

  • Everyday: practice habit stacking with simple, consistent action

  • Review: use tools to track your process and measure progress

Learn more from the full course

Self Care for Productivity

Create Your Action Plan for Wellness at Work

01:17:32 of on-demand video • Updated

  • Redefine self-care and productivity based on your needs and ideals
  • Understand the necessity of self-care for wellness and productivity
  • Assess where you spend your time and energy (and where you want to)
  • Learn and implement the 3 pillars of a productive plan
  • Redesign your day-to-day schedule to reflect your priorities
  • Develop ways to manage stress and build healthy habits
  • Gain practical techniques for maintaining and evaluating your progress
  • And more!
English [Auto] All right. It's your time to shine. If you've joined me through each module you've already done a lot of work on your action plan. Now it's time to lay everything out on the table and connect the pieces of your puzzle in our framework saves you define productivity and self care for yourself. You identified why this matters to you. The purpose behind your process. Next you've built awareness and assess the many facets of your person your physical emotional rational and spiritual self. Alongside that of your occupation and network using the wellness wheel you acknowledge that your energy investments and determined what self care and productivity look like given your roles lifestyle needs and wants. But we didn't stop there. The Wellness wheel wasn't your project for this class. It was really only the beginning and determinant for your action plan. Now as with any other class I have to hope you've done your assignments and are caught up to this point. If you haven't created your definitions built your framework or completed your wellness will encourage you to revisit the previous videos. Moving forward without laying the groundwork makes for a pretty shaky road ahead. Remember this is your class your action plan and your process. If you want to be more productive at work and increase your wellness in general it will take time and energy your wellness is an investment and an essential one at that. This is the part of the class where you create your personal self care action plan for increased productivity and wellness at work. You know by now that your wellness extends far beyond your desk and job title. You know that the facets that make you you are interconnected and that the benefits of self care weave through these connections. So increased physical or emotional wellness will impact your occupation and network and vice versa. The purpose of an action plan is to reduce the guesswork. So instead of having a tough day and having no clue what to do about it or repressing that stress and emotion you'll have a go to plan of action instead of. What about me. Where do I fit in. You'll have a process. You'll check in with yourself to identify your stressors and current state. You'll be equipped with a self care practice to bring yourself back down to your baseline and you'll have fuel to move forward in a way that is healthy and productive for you. Let's talk about your action plan. Answer A. Awareness. Assessing your current situation. Lifestyle and self care practice. This includes building your framework and doing the wellness field exercise. This step is all about inquiry and introspection. Looking at your will and asking how does this affect my productivity and how will a well-balanced wheel better my work and life in general and stands for your needs. Defining what you need from yourself can practice. For instance you assessed your completed wellness wheel to identify what areas of your life need more energy. Since you've already taken these essential steps we'll build on these to help you establish the rest of your answer before moving forward. I'd like you to take a moment and review your wellness we'll hone in on one area to invest in to keep your action plan practical and focused. Circle highlight or mark your focus area in some way. Next in our acronym is ask for schedule. You've assessed your lifestyle in the form of a will and now it's time to look at your day to day. So pull out your planner or open your digital calendar and identify your fixed time meetings appointments lunch breaks consistent ongoing commitments. Start with what you know and move backwards to fill in the blanks. Once you've established your fixed time move on to flexible and free time. What's flexible. What can you move around if you need to and what time do you have that's totally yours. And more importantly what do you plan to do with that time. Start with a 15 minute time block if you need to schedule 15 minutes each day at the same time. Set an alarm on your phone or computer call that block of time what you will self care health personal time or if you already have a specific activity you want to practice. Make that your label 15 minutes of yoga or a walk during your lunch break whatever it is. Set that appointment once it's in there. Consider it fixed time and treat it like you would any other meeting. Moving on to the W who what when where and most importantly why. These are the specific parameters of your self care plan. So what are you doing in that 15 minute timeframe. You just scheduled. Whatever your focus. How will you pay attention to that area of your life once you've brainstormed a few ideas. Go through the other WS to choose the activity that will be most purposeful personal and practical for you. Remember that there is no longevity in should. This isn't a new year's resolution or a race to keep up with the Joneses. This is your practice and your process and in order to stick to it you've got to choose something you actually want to do and that will work within your schedule and lifestyle. Once you've decided on what you'll do where will you do this activity with him. And most importantly why will you do it right on your wellness wheel or calendar. Or better yet in your journal why you've scheduled this activity and stick your why where you can see it regularly. So you stay rooted in your purpose. The reason you started this class and this process in the first place and then comes the doing the action he sends for every day. And here comes your practice of habit stacking. Start small to create a self care practice you can do each day for some of you. That's 15 minutes of meditation in the morning or journaling in the evening. It could look like a 60 minute exercise class four days a week and 15 minutes of YouTube yoga. The other days for others still it might be 15 minutes of drawing on your lunch break or half an hour of creative work each evening. When you put the kids to bed a key to remember with habit stacking is that your process is qualitative not quantitative. It's not about the number of hours you put in each week but the process is the progress and your success lies in regular intentional practice. Let the e in your answer remind you to be present to focus on today. Right now if you've missed a day or two OK revisit the reason you started in the first place and start again today. Finally the last step of our answer acronym is review. This is where your journal becomes your trusted tool. Grab a plane lives notebook open a dock on your computer or use a journaling app if you so choose your medium doesn't matter so long as you keep it consistent. Start with your why for yourself care action plan. Why is it important to you and what do you hope to gain based on your answers to those questions. You can determine how you want to use your journal to track your process and your progress. What do you want to look back on six months down the road. If your why is rooted in a balanced and healthy lifestyle you might ask yourself how did I practice healthiness today or how did I create more balance in my life. If you're growing a business you might use Jane's questions from our last video. What did I do for myself today. How did this benefit me and how did it benefit my business. Your journal is your tool to define your process to create consistent practice and to reflect on what works for you. And there you have it. There's your answer by moving through this process. You've officially created a purposeful personal practical and productive action plan and one that your work relationships and health will thank you for.