A balanced life is essential for overall well-being, happiness, and success. It allows you to enjoy different aspects of your life without feeling overwhelmed or unfulfilled.
If your life isn’t as balanced and fulfilling as you’d like, do you know what you need to change to find balance?
If you feel unhappy, frustrated, or down, you might think, “I need work-life balance” or “I need a change.” But before you make a change, take the time to analyze your life and identify what changes are needed.
As Chuck Palahniuk, the American novelist and author of “Fight Club,” said,
“If you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot you don’t.”
🎡 The Wheel of Life
The “Wheel of Life” exercise is a common tool coaches use to help their clients develop self-awareness of their current life state.
I learned this tool from my wonderful mentor coach, Nan Einarson, CTACC, CTAHCC, ICFACC in the Coach Training Alliance certificate program.
The Wheel of Life will show you visually how satisfied you are with your life at this moment. This self-awareness is very powerful!
🎨 What Does the Wheel of Life Look Like?
You can start with a blank wheel with several spokes and add your own categories to explore.
Alternatively, you can start with a wheel with common categories and modify it by adding/removing some spokes and changing categories.
📊 How Do You Do the Wheel of Life Exercise?
Once you settle on your Wheel of Life categories, rate each category based on your satisfaction from 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest.
After you have completed the ratings, look at your Wheel of Life.
Imagine what kind of ride you are going to get if you put that wheel on your bicycle.
Are you going to enjoy a smooth ride or are you going to crash?
🌟Let’s Create a Vision for Your Balanced Life
Identify the low satisfaction categories. Why are they so low? Imagine life with those categories having higher satisfaction ratings. What needs to change? Envision a life with higher overall satisfaction in the Wheel of Life. This vision will help you discover what you need to work on to better balance your life.
🏃♀️Concrete Steps to a Balanced Wheel of Life
Once you’ve got a clear vision for your balanced life, move on to define small concrete steps to get closer to your vision.
In this process, SMART goals will help you.
SMART stands for:
🎯 S – Specific
📏 M – Measurable
🏆 A – Achievable
🔗 R – Relevant
⏰ T – Time-bound
If your life is badly out of balance, you probably have a lot of categories to work on. But tackling too many categories all at once is overwhelming.
So here are some suggestions:
1️⃣ Pick one or two categories to start, with three being the maximum.
2️⃣ Create SMART goals for the next three months in the chosen categories.
3️⃣ Break down each goal into the smallest steps you can take.
4️⃣ Take one step at a time and keep track of your progress.
🧠Three Helpful Mindsets in This Process
Focusing on the process ensures that you are consistently working towards your goals, which increases the likelihood of success. It helps you stay engaged, motivated, and less attached to the end result, allowing you to enjoy the journey and make sustainable progress.
Example: If you want to work on personal growth and read more books, set a goal such as “read 30 minutes every night before bed,” instead of “read 1 book a week.”
2️⃣ Focus on Time
Being mindful of how you spend your time is crucial in achieving a balanced life. Time is a finite resource, and allocating it effectively across various life categories ensures that you can maintain a sense of balance and fulfillment.
Example: Set aside specific times in your schedule for different categories, such as exercise, family time, or personal development. Regularly evaluate how well you’re adhering to your planned schedule and adjust as needed.
3️⃣ Small Steps
Taking small steps towards your goals makes the journey more manageable and sustainable. It reduces the risk of feeling overwhelmed and allows you to make steady progress without burning out.
Example: If you want to improve your fitness, start by committing to a 15-minute walk every day, gradually increasing the duration and intensity as you become more comfortable and consistent.
🔄 Three-Month Check-In: Do the Wheel of Life Exercise Again
After working toward your SMART goals for three months, do the Wheel of Life exercise again and see how your satisfaction scores have changed.
After you’ve completed the exercise, go through the cycle for another three months. Hopefully, your satisfaction rate will go up in each cycle and get closer to your balanced life.
Just know that life transformation takes time and effort. Be patient with your progress.
Finding balance in your life is essential for your overall well-being, happiness, and success. By using the Wheel of Life exercise to identify areas that need improvement and setting SMART goals to address those areas, you can work towards a more balanced and fulfilling life.
Remember to focus on the process, be mindful of your time, and take small steps to make sustainable progress. Keep in mind that change takes time and effort, so be patient and persistent in your journey towards a more balanced life.
🚀 Take Action Now!
Download the Wheel of Life worksheet below 👇 and try the exercise yourself to see what your current life balance satisfaction is.