The Wheel of Life: Taking a Helicopter view of Your Work/Life Balance

To be truly fulfilled, one needs to lead a balanced life. When life is busy, or all your energy is focused on a special project, you can find yourself ‘off balance’, not paying enough attention to important areas of your life.. By regularly taking a ‘ helicopter view’ of your life, you can bring things back into balance.

The ‘Wheel of Life ‘ helps you quickly and graphically identify the areas in your life to which you want to devote more energy. The eight sections of the wheel represent the key areas of your life. Ideally these areas should be in balance just like a wheel.

Step 1: With the centre of the wheel representing ‘0’ and the outer edge as ‘10′, rank your level of satisfaction with each area by drawing a line to create a new outer edge.

Step 2 : Now join up the marks around the circle. With this new perimeter for the circle, how balanced or ‘out of sync’ is this wheel? Is it crooked and would it struggle to turn smoothly, or is it perfectly balanced?

Step 3: Re-plot what you think your ideal satisfaction level would be in each area. A balanced life does not mean getting 10 in each life area. Some areas will need more attention and focus than others at any time.

step 4: Now you have a visual repre­sentation of your current life balance and your ideal life balance. What are the gaps? These are the areas of your life that need attention.

Once you have identified the areas that need attention, what things do you need to start doing to regain balance? In the areas that currently sap your energy and time, what can you stop doing or re-prioritise or delegate to someone else?