By Lourdes Paredes
USING THE WHEEL OF LIFE My to-do lists, goals, vision board and the things I talk about with my coach or therapists are never just about one area of my life. My personal life inspires and affects my work life, and things that I learn from a business book potentially can affect and impact my relationship.
About 15 years ago, my friends and I would gather at the end or beginning of the year and spend a few hours reflecting on our lives using the Wheel of Life. It’s pretty simple and I highly suggest taking some time to do this as often as you find helpful, perhaps quarterly, or even monthly.
Draw a circle, or use ours. Identify 8-12 areas of life that are important to you. Draw 4-6 lines that cross the center of the circle to create even sections (see our diagram) rate yourself from 1 (center of the circle) to 10 (edge of the circle). then connect the dots. This gives a visual of the quality of balance you feel right now in these important categories. Once the dots are connected you have a visual of balance in these areas of your life. Remember, balance looks different for different people and at different times in our lives.
In 2015, I went through the LifeBook program and spent four days methodically considering my beliefs, vision and strategy for every area of my life. The process took the idea that every area of life is integrated and connected to a whole new level — and my LifeBook is now a tool I use every day to set my weekly, monthly and quarterly goals. For more information, see LifeBook’s listing on page 18.