Balance is a meaningful goal to set. When life is busy, or when focused on a special project or issue, it’s easy to find yourself not paying enough attention to other important areas of your life.
What parts of your life have you ignored in order to focus your attention elsewhere?
A balanced life takes into account all of our needs: friends, work, love, family, play, private time, recovery time and spiritual time.
A tool to help consider each area of life and identify areas that need more attention, is called the Wheel of Life.*
- Start by listing 6-8 life areas that are important to you. The example diagram has suggestions. Draw your own balance wheel in your journal, on a piece of paper or wherever you like.
- When thinking about how fulfilled you are in each life area, draw a dot between the center, and outer edge of the wheel to indicate how satisfied you are in that area. The center of the wheel represents 0% and the outer edge represents 100%.
- After placing all your dots, connect them all together and the shape you make will show you where you are out of balance.
- Reflect and set meaningful goals to create a more evenly shaped wheel by reflecting on the strong points and growth you’ve made, then identify which areas require more of your immediate focus.
Remember in life some areas need more attention and focus than others at any given time. Choices and compromises need to be made, but this visual representation can act as a tool for your ideal balance goals to keep you on track.