When life is busy it’s easy to stray off track and find yourself off balance. We tend to race through life without considering whether we are spending time doing what truly matters to us.
This is where the Wheel of Life can help. The Wheel of Life is the perfect tool is provide us a with ‘helicopter view’ of our life so that we can bring our life back to into balance by concentrating on the areas that we are lacking in.
“You are the captain of your own ship. You must take the wheel of life and go forth in the direction you need to, rather than letting the seas take you where it feels like.”
Let’s put the Wheel of Life to good use. You can download the free template by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page or if you prefer, you can create your own. Print x2 copies of the Wheel of Life.
If you are using the template that I have provided then it includes the following categories:
- Personal Development
- Social Life
- Fun & Recreation
1. ACCESS EACH AREA OF YOUR LIFE
You’ll notice that the Wheel of Life has 10 lines running through it. These 10 lines represent the amount of attention you are giving to this particular area of your life, on a scale of 0 (low) to 10 (high). 0 starts from the inner line and works its way out.
Grab a colouring pencil, we’re going to start by shading in how much time you currently dedicate to this area. You may be spending a lot of time working over-time (even if you don’t want to) so make sure your dimensions reflect this.
2. CONNECT THE LINES
Now that each area is shaded in, grab a pencil/pen and draw around the edge of the lines so that your shading forms a circle. You can see an example of this in the photo below. How does your Wheel of Life look? Does it look and feel balanced?
3. HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR WHEEL OF LIFE TO LOOK?
Next, now that you can see how your time is currently being spent, you need to consider the ideal level of attention you want to give to each category. It’s important to remember that a balanced life isn’t having a 5 in each dimension. More areas require more attention whereas others may not require your attention at all – you may not have a significant other for example.
Plot your ‘ideal’ scores around the circle by shading the lines in and join them up again to form a circle.
4. TAKE ACTION
By comparing the two Wheel of Life inserts that you have created, you can see which areas require more of your attention. Start with the neglected areas and think of ways that you regain balance. You can use your results to mark the start of effective goal setting.
For example, if one area you are neglecting is your health then you can create a goal to dedicate more time to this. Start easy such as ‘don’t skip breakfast’ or ‘drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up’.
Come back to your Wheel of Life in a month or two and see how the circle has changed!
You can download your free Wheel of Life planner insert by clicking the link below. I’d love to see how your freebies work for you! Share the love by taking a pic of your monthly inserts and tag PaperScribblesCo on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
Like the printable and want the full set? You can purchase the planner here!