The Wheel of Life Exercise
This exercise will help you to clarify your priorities for goal-setting, allowing you to plan so that your life is closer to the definition of balance.
Being and feeling balanced is personal and unique to each of us – what may be balance for some may be stressful or boring for others.
This balance exercise must be assessed over time. So, a regular check on how balanced you are and you can highlight useful patterns and this will help you to learn even more about yourself.
Another option with this exercise is that you can ask someone who knows you well to complete the scores for you. It can be helpful sometimes to see an outside perception of your life ‘balance’. Note: This must be someone they trust AND whose opinion YOU value.
1. Review the 8 areas on the Wheel of Life. The Wheel 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. You could also re-label an area so that it is more meaningful for you. Common categories are:
b. Partner/Significant Other
e. Health (emotional/physical/fitness/nutrition/wellbeing)
f. Physical Environment/Home
h. Personal Growth/Learning/Self-development
i. Spiritual wellbeing (not necessarily religion – can be sense of self)
j. You could include security, service, leadership, integrity, achievement or community.
2. How do you think what success feels like for you in each area.
3. Rank your level of satisfaction with each area of your life by drawing a line across each segment. Place a value between 0 (very dissatisfied) and 10 (fully satisfied) against each area to show how satisfied you are currently with these elements in your life.
4. The new perimeter of the circle represents your ‘Wheel of Life’. Is it a bumpy ride? or a smooth ride?
5. Now, looking at the wheel here are some questions you could ask yourself and take the exercise deeper:
a. Are there any surprises for you?
b. How do you feel about your life as you look at your Wheel?
c. How do you currently spend time in these areas?
d. How would you like to spend time in these areas?
e. Which of these elements would you most like to improve?
f. How could you make space for these changes?
g. Can you effect the necessary changes on your own?
h. What help and cooperation from others might you need?
l. What would make that a score of 10?
j. What would a score of 10 look like?