Input Days vs. Output Day

input vs output


There are days when I feel guilty for not “doing more” during my self-structured day, i.e. what I’m calling my Output Days. “I should be writing!” “I should be marketing!” “I should get to the gym!” These “shoulds” taunt me throughout the day until I either force myself to produce or go to bed feeling really unaccomplished.


What I realized, however, is that we all have both input days and output days. And both are valuable for different reasons.


Here’s my definition of Output Days:


I am blogging

I am writing

I am exercising

I am creating fliers

I am gardening

I am signing up for stuff

I am marketing and writing emails

I am speaking

I am doing workshops

I am reaching out to people for collaborations and meetings.


That’s a lot of output! In fact, I believe that it is necessary to embrace polarities in our daily rhythms and life in general. I believe in the yin/ yang concept and a balanced approach to challenges. I coach my clients every day to build in balance as a way of creating sustainable food practices and happiness in their lives.


It only seems understandable, then, that there must be Input Days to offset those intense Output Days. Why, in the past I thought one is better than the other, I do not know.


Check out my definition of Input Days:




Listening to webinars

Listening to podcasts

Listening to an online book

Listening to others


Eating nourishing foods slowly

Learning from others


There are some pretty valuable lessons to learn in the less frenetic days as well. In our society, we tend to value output, production and active concrete accomplishments. Simply stated, we are an “out-put “society – and I fall prey to those values every day.


However, I am beginning to understand that true balance comes from embracing both of these polarities.


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Reading and learning and research are so incredibly valuable because they create the foundation upon which to build – be it an idea, a blog post, a product or a service.


We must learn to value the passive, receptive learning days as much as the doing days.


The other day, I allowed myself to do just that. I read a book, listened to an online course and meditated.   That was pretty much my whole day. I refused to get into the frenetic, anxious game of “what can I put out there today?” when it was clear my body (and brain) desperately needed a passive, receptive, learning input day.


I’m very thankful I did because it allowed me to think about and produce this article today. (Which is pretty good for an output day, don’tcha think?)


Do you find you tend to gravitate more towards input days or output days? Which makes you feel more accomplished or satisfied?


Sound off below.







6 thoughts on “Input Days vs. Output Day

  1. Lauren says:

    Since starting my blog I often feel like I should be outputting all the time. But I’m a stay-at-home mom and my writing is only part time. I have to remember not to let it become a full time job. So remembering the input times too!

    Lauren –

    1. jennyberk says:

      Thank you for your comment Lauren! I’m a mom of 3 too, even with the kids it’s ok to have in-put days!

  2. Maureen says:

    I love how you categorized the days. I feel like my days are just like that. I try to batch on those day.

    1. jennyberk says:

      Tell me more about how you batch on those days!

  3. Tal says:

    Love love love this blog!! My only comment is that I aim to balance my life so much that somehow things like ‘meditate’ appear on my to do list. I think that is why I love what you wrote so much though — my takeaway is to allow the days with less visible output in as part of the creative + productive processes of our lives. happy holidays (:

    1. jennyberk says:

      yes! You got it Tal! So glad you enjoyed the article! Happy holidays to you as well! 🙂

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