When life is busy, or all your energy is focused on a special project, it's all too easy to find yourself off balance, not paying enough attention to other important areas of your life. While you need to have drive and focus if you're going to get things done, taking this too far can lead to frustration and intense stress. That's when it's time to take a 'helicopter view' of your life, so that you can bring things back in to balance.
How to Choose the Right Areas of Life or Dimension?
1. Wheel of Life Worksheet - Start by downloading our Wheel of Life diagram HERE
2. Assess Each Area - Consider each area in the circle in turn, and on a scale of 0 (low) to 10 (high), write down the amount of attention you are devoting to that area of your life. Mark each score on the appropriate spoke on your life wheel.
3. Join Up the Marks - Now join up the marks around the circle. Does your life wheel look and feel balanced?
4. Think About Your Ideal Level - Next it is time to consider your ideal level in each area of your life. Balanced life does not mean getting 5 in each life area. Some areas simply needs more attention and focus than others. And inevitably you will need to make choices and compromises, as your time and energy are not in unlimited supply. So the question is, what would be the ideal level of attention be for you in each life area? Plot the Ideal Scores around your life wheel too!
5. Take Action - Now you have a visual representation of your current life balance and your ideal life balance. Where are the gaps? These are the areas of your life that need attention.
And remember that gaps can go both ways. There are almost certainly areas that are not getting as much attention as you'd like. However, there may also be areas where you're putting in more effort than you'd ideally like. These areas are sapping energy and enthusiasm that may better be directed elsewhere.
Once you have identified the areas that need attention, it's time to plan the actions needed to work on regaining balance. Starting with the neglected areas, 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-prioritize or delegate to someone else? Make a commitment to these actions by writing them them