Use the PERSON acronym to assess your wellness

Mar 21, 2023
2023-03-21 Intentional Productivity blog image - PERSON acronym

Happy first day of spring!  🌱

With the last week of March marking a new season of re-emergence (and the end of Q1, the first quarter of the year), now is the perfect time to check in with yourself, review your progress, and identify where you want to spend your time and energy moving forward.

Today’s intentional tip is an acronym you can use to gauge your wellbeing and identify where you might want to make any changes.

Before we dive in, I have an exciting announcement to share:

Yesterday, I added 2 new courses to the website as well as a Self Coaching Bundle Deal, which offers lifetime access to all courses. You can check it all out here. Happy spring, my friend!

Now, without further ado, let’s explore this acronym.



1 thing to apply


Use the PERSON acronym as a framework to check in with some of the different areas of your life and self:

  • Physical health
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Rational (mental) patterns
  • Spiritual or self-connection
  • Occupation (work or leisure)
  • Network of relationships


3 main benefits

  • Gain insight into how you’re doing and where you’re spending time and energy
  • Identify pressing needs, deep-seated desires, areas of focus, and potential next steps
  • Cultivate self-awareness so you make clear, confident decisions that align with your values


5 minutes or less


Check in with yourself using the questions below. Feel free to reword any questions or change things entirely to find and use what works for you. As I always say, there are no wrong answers—only insights!

Tip: Try this in the next 5 minutes by giving each area a rating on a scale of 1 to 5. Then, you can come back to these questions with your journal or a blank piece of paper to explore them further.


1. Physical health

  • How do you feel physically? What is your body telling you?

2. Emotional wellbeing

  • How do you feel emotionally? What does your default reaction tend to be?

3. Rational (mental) patterns

  • What do you notice in your thought patterns or mental state?

4. Spiritual or self-connection

  • How connected do you feel to yourself? Your purpose? Values?

5. Occupation (work or leisure)

  • How are you performing at work? How satisfied are you?
  • Or, how do you spend your leisure time? How is (or isn’t) that time serving you?

6. Network of relationships

  • How would you describe the quality of your personal and professional relationships?



Conclusion: As I mentioned in my last email, your productivity and wellbeing are intertwined. Learning how to be more aware of and connected to yourself helps you identify and move toward your values, vision, and ideals for your work and all aspects of your life.

If this is something you want to delve into, I think you'll love the new Self Care + Productivity Masterclass. Otherwise, this acronym is a great starting point. Give it a try, and let me know how it goes and any changes you made (to the questions or your day-to-day).

Your time and energy are your most precious resources. As always, thank you for sharing some of yours with me today. 

See you in 2 weeks!

— Melissa



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