All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy – not to mention pretty cranky. I know because I’ve been taking on the role of Jack for years. While lots of work can lead to lots of excellent ideas, output and money, too much work can stifle the soul.
Our souls can get stifled from too much of anything, especially if it comes at the expense of other areas of our lives. One way to spot check the balance in your life is with the Wheel of Life.
What’s the Wheel of Life?
The Wheel of Life is a cool exercise I picked up during coaching training. It consists of a circle that’s broken down into six different categories, with each category shaped like a pie piece and representing an area of your life.
The goal of the exercise is to assess how balanced your overall life is by rating each category on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being ultimate satisfaction in that particular category. Once you’ve rated each category, you then shade in the pie piece to correspond with your rating.
A rating of 10, for instance, would leave the entire pie piece filled in. A rating of 5 would be shaded halfway.
Once you’re done rating and shading in the areas, you get a good look at where your life is exploding with glee – and where it could use some attention.
A well-balanced life would have an equal amount shading throughout each pie piece, or at least close enough shading that the Wheel of Life would actually roll like a wheel.
The first wheel I completed last year was DEFINITELY not even close to wheel-shape. It looked more like a dented-in broken thing giant spike in the CAREER category. Eeek.
Once you see where your wheel is out of balance, you can set goals to beef up areas of your life that are lacking. My second wheel was much more wheel-like, although I still have work to do if I want it to actually roll smoothly.
Get your own Wheel of Life
Since I love incorporating art into my coaching, I drew a Rynski version of the Wheel of Life you can download and fill out for yourself. Schedule a free 30-min coaching call and I’ll send you one.
I help amazingly creative souls who want more out of life than sleep-work-sleep get their dazzle back so they rock their world.