Today, I will show you how to assess and rate the overall satisfaction you have with your own life at the moment. For that, we will use a coaching tool named the The Wheel of Life exercise. I learned this tool while studying coaching back in 2016, and I have loved it since then. I find it brings more clarity in the main areas of life that require more attention at this moment. So, this tool is what you need when you ask yourself: how to balance your life!.
And to make everything easier for you, I made a video where I will walk you through every step of the way. Also, I’m attaching a printable PDF file worksheet you can use to do this exercise. Find both at the end of the post 🙂
So, are you ready?
The Life Wheel Exercise
How to do it?
To do this exercise is pretty straightforward. Just follow these steps:
- Draw a circle and divide it into eight sections (one for each category).
- Think about the eight categories** you want to asses from your life. Write each one along the outside edge of each section.
- On a scale of 1 to 10, rate each category in terms of your current satisfaction. Been 1 on the inside of the circle and 10 on the outside. Draw a line according to the number you picked.
- Look at the wheel overall and ask yourself what you notice?
- Ask yourself: if I were to be more satisfied with one specific category, would that positively impact the other categories?
- When you are clear about this category, highlight or put a star in that section. More than one category can be chosen, but try to minimize it. One to two is ideal to start motivated, but not overwhelmed.
- Consider two or more action steps that would raise your satisfaction with your chosen category or categories.
Examples of categories
Financials, Health, Family, Partner, Friends, Career, Spirituality, Personal Hobbies, Free Time, Personal Growth, Creativity, Connection, Contribution, Mental State, Social.
Now let’s say that you did the exercise an you noticed that the main area that requires more attention is creativity. How do you notice creativity is the main one? Well, because by raising your satisfaction with it, it might positively impact all the other areas of your life.
The next step is to consider two steps or actions to improve this area. It might be joining a new class, learning a new skill, creating something like a new recipe, or painting/drawing/dancing. Perhaps it would be walking in the neighborhood in the morning, buying an artist book, or taking an online creativity masterclass. The options are endless and personal. There are no right or wrong actions, and anything that will start the process of growing the satisfaction towards that area will work well.
When you feel more satisfied with that main category, you can jump to the second one.
Other types of the Wheel of Life Exercise
You can also use this same tool to assess one specific area, such as your health or business. To do this, repeat the same procedure but use health/business categories for each section.
Examples of categories for the Wheel of Health:
Exercise, Diet, Water Consumption, Sleep, Meditation, Attitude, Mental State, Free Time, Fun Time, Time in Outdoor.
Examples of categories of the Wheel of Business:
Marketing, Sales, Branding, Operations, Finances, Administration, Accounting, Legal, Customer Service, Innovation, Product & Service Development, Leadership, Management, Team Development, Digital, Web.
Examples of categories of the Wheel of Nutrition:
Greens intake, fruit intake, water, schedule, quality, quantity, variety, homemade meals.
What do you think? Easy ha?
I hope you enjoy it. Remember that you can use this tool any time of your life, especially when your internal guidance tells you that your life requires more balance.
With love, Pia
Get the PDF here
Watch the video
If you don’t want to use a paper, I love this free Wheel of Life Digital Assestment.