Wheel of Life

By measuring your satisfaction in different areas of life, you reflect on what balance looks like for you.

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Time 30-60 minutes
Participants Individual
Difficulty Medium/Hard
Materials Pens, paper

The Wheel of Life assessment measures your satisfaction in different areas of your life, giving you a chance to reflect on what balance looks like for you. Balance is personal and unique to each individual. What may be satisfying or balanced for some may be stressful or boring for others.

This exercise will help raise your self-awareness and allows you to plan a life that is more satisfying and closer to your definition of balance. It also helps clarify priorities for goal-setting.

It is medium/hard in terms of comfort zone depending on your particular context. If you are having a challenging time then it might be useful to do this exercise with a peer coach to support and guide you.

Steps

1

Take a sheet of paper and draw the 8 sections of the wheel of life.

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It’s important to note that these categories are only examples. Feel free to split category segments, to add in something that is missing, or re-label an area to make it more meaningful for you. Examples of changes might be:

  • Family and Friends: Split "Family and Friends" into separate categories.
  • Significant Other: Changing the category name to "Dating", "Relationship" or "Life Partner" or completely swap out the category.
  • Health: The category name could be split or changed to "Emotional", "Physical", "Fitness", "Spiritual" or "Wellbeing".
  • Fun & Leisure: The category name could change to "Recreation"
  • Personal Growth: The category name could change to "Learning", "Self-Development" or "Spiritual"
  • Perhaps you’d like to add something like Learning & Development or Giving back
2

Think briefly of what a satisfying life would look like for you in each area.

3

Imagine that the centre of the wheel is 0 (very dissatisfied) and the outer edge is 10 (fully satisfied). Next, draw a line across each segment to represent your satisfaction score for each area (see example). After having drawn the line, write down the score for each segment.

Tip! Use the FIRST score that pops into your head, not the number you think it should be.

4

Looking at the wheel, here are some questions to reflect on to take the exercise deeper. You could ask your peer coach to guide you in your thinking at this point:

  • Are there any surprises for you?
  • How do you feel about your life as you look at your Wheel?
  • How do you currently spend time in these areas? How would you like to spend time in these areas?
  • What would a score of 10 look like?
  • Which of these categories would you most like to improve?
  • How could you make space for these changes in your life?
  • What help and support might you need from others to make changes and be more satisfied with your life?
  • If there was one key action you could take that would begin to bring things into balance, what would it be?
5

The final step is to plan for taking action. To wrap-up the exercise you can identify one action for each area, and then pick 1-3 actions to get started.

Facilitator notes

Balance must be assessed over time. A regular check-in (eg. with this exercise) can highlight useful patterns and help you learn even more about yourself. Perhaps set a calendar reminder in 6 months revisit the exercise!

It might be useful to do this with a peer coach to guide you. Also worth adding that it can be a useful exercise in advance of a coaching program / peer coaching program to identify goals and make best use of coaching time

Sources

The Wheel of Life is a commonly used tool in Coaching. The Clore Social team has summaries the instructions with examples from sources including https://wheeloflife.noomii.com/ and https://scottjeffrey.com/wheel-of-life/.

The Clore Social Leadership coaches often use the Wheel of Life to help their clients self awareness and clarify priorities for goal-setting.

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