Low Energy Coach? Find Balance By Nurturing Your Energy.

I've been a coach for a few years now and one of the things that I talk about a lot is planning, time management and productivity. As a low energy coach – this might seem weird..!

But within those topics, the most important part of all of these if you want to beat procrastination, manage your time more effectively and be more productive, is to pay close attention to your energy.

If you've visited my blog before you'll know I manage chronic health conditions that impact me every day, especially my energy and ability to show up and get stuff done.

But despite this – I trained as a counsellor, then as a coach, I run multiple businesses, I achieved a distinction in my MA and I developed passive income through online stores and selling planners and journals.

I'm not saying this to brag – although I AM very proud of myself – I'm telling you this because all of it has ONLY been possible because of the attention I pay to my energy levels.

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Understanding Your Energy

  • Are you a low energy coach / therapist / entrepreneur?
  • Do you know what your usual energy levels are?
  • Do you know the tasks or activities that increase or decrease your energy?
  • Do you plan around these?

If so, you're going to love this post 🙂

Why is Understanding Your Energy Important?

As humans we all have a finite amount of time and energy available to us each day. For many people, consideration of their energy levels isn't a thing – they just get up, do their work, live life – do all the things and not worry too much about whether they'll have the energy to do it.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the same level of energy available to them. You may like me, have a chronic illness, or a young family and lots of other commitments and you just feel exhausted all of the time.

Whatever your situation is, it's likely that you pay attention to your energy and consider this when planning to do things.

If you have fluctuating health and energy levels because of illness, it can be difficult to manage a weekly or even daily schedule because you don't always know what could cause your energy to disappear for the day.

In the context of being an entrepreneur / coach / therapist / writer / small business owner, understanding your energy, the limitations and compromises needed will enable you to grow and maintain your business with more ease and confidence.

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The Impact of Energy Depletion as a Low Energy Coach

When you're constantly working on an empty tank of energy, the likelihood of burning out, of losing motivation or facing writers or creators block, is going to be much higher. The impact on your mindset – self belief and confidence will also be affected.

If you're consistently using the very last smidge of your energy to finish projects – leaving nothing else for you to function in life, the chances are burn-out will happen swiftly and mean you'll be unable to make any progress at all.

This cycle can be detrimental to both your personal, emotional and physical health as well as your chance of success in your business.

By choosing to be proactive in your management of your energy, you will be actively preventing burn out, preventing compassion fatigue and increasing your motivation as you continue to make progress – regardless of the speed of your progress!

Strategies to Nurture & Improve Your energy

  1. Prioritising Self Care. Self care when you're a low energy coach / therapist / entrepreneur is about finding balance, resting, doing things that bring you joy as well as focusing on your work or your goals.
  2. Establishing and Maintaining Boundaries. Healthy boundaries can help you protect your energy, being able to say no when you need to and avoid feeling overwhelmed. This is crucial if you're a low energy coach.
  3. Optimising your Work Environment. Making your room or space calm and uncluttered. A clear space helps you focus and provides less distraction.
  4. Optimising your Daily Schedule. Planning in a way that considers your energy as well as your To-Do list.
  5. Creating Balance with Work and Rest. Planning in and taking regular breaks throughout the day, as well as creating space to switch up and unwind.

Taking steps to protect and enhance your energy as a low energy coach will help you maintain consistency and motivation.

How to Plan With Your Energy as a Low Energy Coach

Spend a week or so monitoring your daily output and energy levels. You could complete a Time Audit where you track where your time is spent and how much energy each activity uses, but you may just want to keep a note in your calendar or journal.

Having an overview of a typical week (yes I know there's rarely a ‘typical' with fluctuating health, but it will give you a snapshot to work from), will help you plan a low energy timetable.

A low energy plan / schedule – or my Plan B as I refer to it – is what I use when I am very limited on energy. It includes the bare minimum of tasks I need to do with the rest of the time taken as rest.

If your energy fluctuates but you know you need a low energy-output week, use the bare minimum and if you do anything else it's a bonus.

Why does this Work?

It works for me because I still feel like I am being productive. It removes any stress I may have about not doing XYZ.

I find persistent low energy days / weeks difficult at times which leads to feelings of frustration and self doubt. With a low energy plan I know I can still do something that makes me feel like I'm still contributing.

How Do I Make My Own Plan B?

  • Make a list of all of your weekly tasks.
  • Put all essential Appointments in a list (eg Calls / Meetings).
  • Print off a weekly planner (A4 / Letter size for space in the boxes).
  • Add the essential appointments into your weekly planner.
  • Now check that there is enough recovery time around each call. If there isn't. can you move any of them around?
  • Using your list of tasks, prioritise into 3 sections (High / Medium / Low).
  • Now colour code in terms of energy output (Red / Orange / Green).
  • Plug in the essentials into your planner, giving enough space around each task for rest.
  • Don't bunch together Red Energy activities.
  • Be prepared to be super-flexible during these times.
  • Discover when you work better and when you need to take your foot off the pedal and plan your work around this.

You can adapt this depending on the base-energy you have. You may need to stay flexible across the whole week(s) as you don't know how much of your to-do list (if any) you will be able to do.

Tips:

If you're a low energy coach / therapist / entrepreneur, see how you are on a day to day basis. Don't get hung up on feeling like you should be doing things when they can be picked up another day or the following week.

Take the pressure off in terms of the timeline you had planned. The beauty of regularly checking in with your big goals each month and quarter is that you can adapt and change things if needed.

Work to your strengths. If you're exhausted, tackling difficult tasks may not be the best idea. If you can break these down into smaller ones do that, or if you can put them aside to when your brain is working better (working / studying / learning takes up a lot of your energy).

Acceptance that you need to rest more and work less is crucial. If you fight this, it will just lead to added pressure (more energy) and frustration (even more energy!).

Remember, plans are meant to be working documents not set in stone and adhered to without exception. It's your business, your growth and your health – it's okay to do it your way.

Progress is progress – some weeks will feel easier and you will get more done. Others less so, and that's okay!

Learning to Navigate Challenges and Setbacks as a Low Energy Coach

Life is rarely linear and neither is growth – whether that's personal or professional growth.

It takes a lot of courage to decide to work towards your big goals. You're constantly absorbing new information, comparing yourself to others who seem to be more successful than you, as well as dealing with your own mindset – self doubt / limiting beliefs / uncertainty etc.

Being able to navigate challenges and setbacks is key if you want to achieve your goals. Learning to protect your energy will help you stay motivated and grounded.

If you are a low energy coach and things are difficult at the moment, navigating challenges may not be as easy as it's difficult to be resilient and confident when you're just exhausted!

Additionally, the impact of setbacks can really shake your confidence, so be mindful of this if you feel overwhelmed or you doubt yourself when dealing with things when you are low in energy.

Celebrating Progress and Growth as a Low Energy Coach

Every single thing that you do to move closer to the end goal is absolutely worth a celebration. Even if you give yourself a pat on the back – congratulate yourself in the mirror or make a note in your journal.

You have to acknowledge your wins. Whether this is “I said yes to an opportunity / I posted my very first Pin or Post today / I wrote my content for a new offer – acknowledge the success.

Perhaps you showed up live online, or joined a networking group. Anything that means you're growing and moving forward needs to be recognised and celebrated!

As cliche as it sounds – be your biggest cheerleader!

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Why Should I Celebrate My Progress?

It helps with motivation and building your confidence. It helps to switch your mind from – “This is too draining, I hate it” – to ‘” can do this!”

People tend to focus on what they haven't done which isn't much of a motivator. But when you take a moment to look back and add those little bits of evidence to your “Yes I can do this!” bag, your confidence will grow which is a brilliant motivator!

As a low energy coach myself, I get how draining it can be to do things that is seen as normal in the coaching world – guesting in other groups or hosting your own online course. When you do these things it's massive and it's so important that you acknowledge them!

Stamp Out Comparison.

The additional pressure that you put onto yourself to be and do everything brilliantly – right now – is a huge energy drainers.

Add in a sprinkle of comparison – which 90% of the time is unfavourable to you – the chances of becoming stuck and unable to see a way through increases.

When you compare yourself to others, it's usually with those who are either further on in their business / have been doing it much longer than you and those who may not be facing the same difficulties as you are in terms of your energy, time available or your health.

Unless you're comparing your current self with you a few steps back from where you are right now, comparison is never helpful.

As a low energy coach I've been in masterminds where I've felt like a failure because I was unable to keep up with the pace of others in the group because of my energy and health. I felt SO embarrassed that I was ‘behind'.

When I took the time to reflect on everything I had achieved in my life and since my diagnosis in 2011, I was able to move from a feeling of ‘not good enough' to “I can do this and I am doing this – but in my timeline.”

If you can, let go of the timeline a little – I understand that at times there will be deadlines, but I mean generally when working towards a goal – you will remove a huge weight off your shoulders.

Not only is this freeing in the sense of your mindset and self belief, but the impact on your energy that emotional stress has. The impact of emotional upset is significant and is one of the very first things I work on with my clients – either in counselling or coaching.

Think about something you've been putting off recently. How often do you think about it? How do you feel when you think about it? Do you feel relief when you ignore it and move onto something else?

The thing is, it sits in your head, in your subconscious and although it may feel like a relief in the moment, that seed of worry remains – and it uses energy!

Final Thoughts

As a low energy coach / therapist / entrepreneur, learning to work and plan in a way that pays attention to your energy and ability to do certain things will enable you to protect and nourish your energy.

By acknowledging that sometimes you need to work differently will enhance your productivity and therefore help you achieve your goals more than by forcing yourself to keep pushing through.

Once you have a good understanding of your energy levels, using a Plan B or Low Energy Plan will help you to easily move between working at full capacity to stepping back without disrupting your overall process and running of your business or studies.

The impact of pushing through when low on energy is rarely worth it, possibly leading to burnout and being out of action for much longer than if you simply tooks a step back for a short period of time.

This is how I have managed my health for the past 6 years as I've been self employed. Yes I still get p'd off with it at times, but it has meant that the goals I have set I have achieved.

Think of rest and self care as part of your business and growth strategy – without them your business won't work and you won't hit those goals!

Are you a low energy coach / therapist / entrepreneur? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts on this and your experience of confidently and unashamedly working from a Plan B.

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Meet Lynsey

Lynsey Wall, Coach & Mentor at Coach Writes. About me - A headshot of Lynsey smiling. Wearing a black t-shirt, blue framed glasses. Office walls behind her.

Hey there! I'm Lynsey, a coach, counsellor, and mentor for low energy, introverted or low confident female coaches & small business owners. With over 5 years’ experience of running businesses, and over a decade as a tutor and trainer, I've learned the value of effective time management that energises you through working with your energy.

I've lived with chronic illness – ME/CFS since 2011 and since then I re-trained as a counsellor, and achieved a distinction for my MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice; all while running 4 businesses! I want that for you as well & it is possible with the right support and pathway to success.

Improving your mindset, finding acceptance and developing a solution-focused approach to achieving your goals is my passion. Blending mental health support where needed, as well as a supportive space and methods to manage your work more effectively.

If you'd like to know more about working with me, you can email [email protected] or find me on socials (links in the menu)

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