Finding Balance In Your Life using the ‘Life Wheel’
Ms. Ona Lage wrote in a recent article Finding Balance in Your Life using the ‘Life Wheel’ (see http://www.workplacerewards.com/ )“When we focus all our energy on a particular project or allow the ‘busy-ness’ of life to overtake us, we neglect important areas of our life and become ‘off balance’.
While it is important to stay focused and driven in order to complete tasks, too often we allow a project to consume us. This often leads to frustration and intense stress.
What we need to do, at this point, is to step back, take a look at our life and put things back into balance.
A very useful tool for doing this is the ‘Life Wheel’. Used by professional life coaches for assessing and identifying areas in our life that are ‘off balance’, this tool can show us where to make the necessary corrections. “
There are several options of the wheel and one below is an adaptation from many, because of its simplicity. What we require is a wheel and in a short while we can complete the self-analysis
To help you in this process, here are some exercises to help you identify where you might be out of balance and get you started on creating the life you want.
- We start with a piece of paper. For each of the areas listed above, describe your vision of what success in that area would look and feel like. Write this out as richly as possible.
- Our paper work could result in following columns UNDER EACH AREA / SLICE of the WHEEL
- Name (of each Area / slice of the Life Wheel )
- Priority / weightage (How much is this particular area important to us. Rank from 1 to 10 where 1 is least important and 10 is most important. Remember: the weightage we give to one area today may change when we sit down to re-write again, say after one or two years. It is fine).
The challenge now is to transform this knowledge and desire for a more balanced life into a positive program of action.
"Guilt means we are focused on the past.
Fear means we are focused on the future.
When we are calm or centered, we know we are living in the present."
Louise Morganti Kaelin