Key Wellness Indicators

KIWIs help us maintain our work-life balance.

What are your KIWIs?

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Keeping our KIWIs green

The KIWIs are behaviors that we already do as part of a balanced everyday life. We only change our KIWIs (start or stop the behavior) when we are under significant stress. For example, for a person that regularly goes to bed at 10 pm, staying up late may be an indicator that work is becoming too much. Or, someone that regularly cooks homemade meals may identify fast food as an indicator of  stress.

At Heron we track our KIWIs weekly so we can see when our behavior is starting to change before we feel the full effects of stress. We track our KIWIs in yellow or red when the behavior is off for a couple of weeks. The Heron user becomes aware that they are falling off balance and re-prioritizes. Good KIWI weeks are always tracked in green.

KIWI Checklist

Specific behaviors. We want to assess the KIWI status for the previous week in a few seconds. Pick behaviors that are specific (e.g., One lunch or call with parents.) over ambiguous ones (e.g., Connect with parents.)

Already part of your life. KIWIs are not aspirational. They are things you are already doing (or not doing). Don’t write "Go to the gym 3X a week" if you usually go once; write instead "Go to the gym every week."

Easy to evaluate. Pick behaviors that are easy to recall, such as the number of times one goes to the gym. If you are using a metric (e.g., number of hours of sleep), we recommend using a tracker (e.g., Fitbit).

KIWI examples

  • Call parents / grandparents / etc. on Sunday
  • Call one friend every week
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  • Read bedtime stories 3X a week
  • One outing with partner without kids
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  • Gym 2X a week / 3 walks after dinner
  • Make a homemade dinner X times a week / Every Sunday / etc.
  • 7 hrs average sleep
  • 65 bpm resting heart beat
  • Drink 1 gallon of water/day
  • No more than 5 glasses of wine
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  • Out of bed before 9 am everyday
  • Go to bed before 11 pm everyday
  • Meditate 3X a week
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Inescapable chores
  • Expenses report is up to date
  • Clean the apartment
  • Grading is up to date
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  • Not working on the weekends
  • Not working after dinner
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