Happy New Year Beautiful People and I hope you find this year to be productive as well as progressive, positively exceeding all your expectations of previous Years. This time of the year is when we all tend to set New Year Resolutions and hoping we will stick to it. However, how many of us actually see it through? But the truth is, we either focus on work or other inconsequentialities. More often than not, we forget that life is meant to be lived and we should aim to achieve a work-life balance.
So, what do I mean by Work-Life Balance?
Work-Life Balance is the proper middle ground between Work (Career, Business & Ambition) and lifestyle (Family, Friendship, Relationship, Health, Personal Development, Spirituality, Leisure and much more).
From experience, January is the time we tend to use for reflecting, setting and acting on our professional and business goals for the year. For some, Promotion is a priority while for others a career change is well overdue. Conversely, for Entrepreneurs, some of the goals could be to get more Sales or even Investment into the business. In order to make this a reality, we overwork then eventually burn out. As a result of this, we also neglect other vital areas of our lives such as our health leading to frustration, depression, Unhappiness and feeling unfulfilled.
The Wheel of Life
However, the secret of achieving true happiness in life is being able to find a balance between work and play. We can achieve this through the guidance of “The Wheel of Life” a Personal Development tool. It is used for goal setting and achieving a balanced life. Personally, I believe we should all start the Year on a Positive note knowing where to focus our time and energy.
Dimensions of the Wheel of Life
There are between 6 – 14 Dimensions in the “Wheel of Life” depending on what areas matters to you most. They are as follows:
- Physical Environment
- Personal Development
- Personal Image
Steps In Completing a Wheel of Life
First & Foremost, either print off an existing template which you can find online or draw one up yourself on a piece of paper or word document.
Secondly, fill the dimensions with areas which matter to you and rate your satisfaction levels.
8 – 10 (Very Satisfied – Awesome)
5 – 7 (Reasonably Satisfied – Well Done)
4 – 0 (Very Unsatisfied – Room for Improvement)
It is imperative to take your time filling it out and also be brutally honest with yourself during the self-assessment process.
Examining each dimension helps in gaining a visual snapshot of our current life in order to identify strong and weak spots so that we can be informed while creating an ideal life. We also get to track progress and see how every area interacts with one another. For example, a strained relationship (Romantic, family or Friendship) can affect our health and even work/business life leading to unhappiness, insomnia, and stress. Satisfaction levels in each area are also relative to each individual.
Thirdly, after completing the wheel reflect on which areas changes need to be made in order to achieve a balanced work-life. Ask yourself the following question:
Why did I score this in each category?
What is my ideal score in each category?
How will I achieve my ideal score within the next month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months?
There are many people with fantastic Career & Business but have a poor family life. The key is to find ways to challenge yourself and push boundaries.
Fourthly, Set Goals to address each dimension which has room for improvement so that you can reach ultimate satisfaction levels.
Lastly, take action and commit to set goals as well as tracking progress regularly so that it can be evenly spread. Don’t forget to draw up what you will like your ideal wheel of life to be too.
Moving forward, complete the wheel of life at least every 6 months or when feeling dissatisfied with your life. Set goals
In conclusion, were you surprised by your satisfaction levels in each category? What will you do differently from now on? Has this self-assessment exercise been helpful?
Let me know your thoughts by leaving comments below.