So you’re stuck or unhappy about your life but not sure where to start? It can feel overwhelming and I remember being paralyzed in inaction for days not knowing where to start to put my life together.
Luckily I came across a handy tool that I recommend at the beginning of my book, it’s called “the wheel of life”. Google it and you’ll find hundreds of different versions online. It’s nothing new and I remember doing it during a leadership training about 10 years ago.
What is it? It’s basically an assessment tool. There are 8 aspects of your life you can measure (in no particular order):
- Friends & Family
- Physical environment
- Personal Growth
- Fun & Recreation
You don’t measure whether you’re healthy or not, or whether you have a good job or not but rather whether you are satisfied or not for each aspect, on a scale from 0 to 10.
Once done, it will look like something like that:
Immediately you will be able to identify some gaps and might even see some correlations between different aspects of your life. In my case, I know that I tend to work a lot at the detriment of my relationships with my friends and family. So I’ve set to work on improving these.
Once you have identified the gaps, it is much easier to set priorities for yourself and start working on the things where you are the least satisfied.
I recommend doing this exercise every 3 months to see your progress and see how things balance each other out after your corrective actions.
The first step when you wish to change anything is to acknowledge your starting point. The Wheel of Life is perfect for that.
This exercise is part of the first of the 4 stages of Creative Problem Solving: CLARIFY and can be found in my work book “You Got This!”.