Discover more Work Life Balance with this simple tool
Balance is personal and unique to each individual – what may be satisfying or balanced for some may be stressful or boring for others. The point of this simple exercise is to raise your awareness and allow you to plan a life that is more satisfying and closer to your definition of balance. It also helps clarify priorities for goal-setting.
The Wheel of Life is a well-used tool used by coaches to start the conversation off with clients to raise awareness and to begin the change process. Download it now and try it for yourself!
How it works
1. Download and review the 8 categories on the Wheel of Life. The categories should together create a view of a balanced life for you. If necessary you can split category segments to add in something that is missing, or re-label an area to make it more meaningful for you.
2. Think about what success or satisfaction would feel like for each area.
3. Now rank your level of satisfaction with each area of your life by drawing a line across each segment and place a value between 1 (very dissatisfied) and 10 (fully satisfied) against each area to show how satisfied you are currently with each category in your life. The new perimeter of the circle represents your Wheel of Life. Is it a smooth or a bumpy ride?
4. Now, looking at the wheel here are some questions to ask yourself to take the exercise deeper:
- Are there any surprises for you?
- How do you feel about your life as you look at your Wheel?
- How do you currently spend time in these areas? How would you like to spend time in these areas?
- What would a score of 10 look like?
- Which of these categories would you most like to improve?
- How could you make space for these changes in your life?
- What help and support might you need from others to make changes and be more satisfied with your life?
- What change should you make first and what change do you want to make first?
5. If there was one key action you could take that would begin to bring everything into balance, what would it be?
Here’s to you discovering more balance!