The Wheel of Life: A Tool for Finding Balance

Achieve balance with the help of tools like the Wheel of Life and the staff at Paradigm Health & Wellness.

With dozens of responsibilities to juggle each day, we know finding balance can be difficult. On the busiest days, it can be hard to imagine what balance even looks like!

The Wheel of Life was created to help people achieve a sense of fulfillment and happiness by providing ways to visualize your priorities and goals. Learn about the Wheel of Life and how you can use it to take action in your own life!

What is the Wheel of Life?

Achieve balance with the help of tools like the Wheel of Life and the staff at Paradigm Health & Wellness.

The Wheel of Life is dedicated to bringing you balance and happiness. As a self-reflection tool, it gives you the opportunity to prioritize, set goals, and take actions to live a more fulfilling life.

Originally created by Paul Meyer, the founder of the Success Motivation Institute, Inc., the Wheel of Life maps out areas of focus on a circle, with “spokes” that allow you to easily evaluate the time you spend on each area.

Everyone’s Wheel of Life will look different, but most have six to eight “slices” like a pie. Each slice represents an area of focus, or a part of your life you consider important. To make your own, you can draw one or print on from a computer. Now, let’s get started!

How can I use the Wheel of Life?

Achieve balance with the help of tools like the Wheel of Life and the staff at Paradigm Health & Wellness.

Using the Wheel of Life is simple. All you need is a pen, paper, and a little bit of time to reflect on what matters most to you.

1. Find your areas of focus.

There’s no set of clearly defined areas of focus to use in your Wheel of Life. You should include the most important roles you play, even the ones that are more difficult or neglected.

When choosing your areas, it’s best to consider the most significant aspects of your life. If you’re having trouble deciding what these might be, you may include ideas found in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  

Common areas of focus include:

  • Health
  • Career
  • Spirituality
  • Friendships
  • Relationship & Romance
  • Parenting
  • Fun & Recreation

2. Evaluate each area.

Once you’ve placed your six to eight areas of focus on your Wheel of Life, it’s important to know where you stand when it comes to fulfilling each of them.

On a scale of 0 (low) to 10 (high), mark how much time you currently devote to each area of focus. The more time you spend, the further from the center your mark will be. These marks going out from the center of the circle are what create the “spokes” of your wheel.

3. Connect the dots.

After you’ve placed a mark in each area, connect them with lines. This can help you visualize the balance (or lack thereof) in your life.

By drawing a line between each area of focus, you can easily see which dimensions get more attention and which ones are often neglected.

4. Decide where you want to be.

If things aren’t in perfect harmony, there’s no need to panic. Finding balance can be difficult, and the Wheel of Life is a tool designed to make it simpler.

By looking at your current evaluations, decide what changes you’d like to make moving forward. Remember, not every area needs to have equal numbers. Some things are simply more important than others. Reflect on what matters most and what’s realistic for you.

5. Set goals.

A major component of the Wheel of Life tool is helping you actually visualize the places that need more focus. Mark your goal numbers for each area so you can see the gaps between your ideal levels and what you’re doing now.

There may be areas you’re neglecting, but there might also be dimensions getting too much of your time, energy, and attention. For example, your Wheel of Life may help you spend more time focusing on your health and less time being a workaholic.

6. Take action.

Once these differences are clear, think about actions and behaviors that will help you reach your goals in each area.

Start by planning actions for neglected areas. What can you do to make them a bigger part of your life? What are some productive things you can do each day to gain balance?

Next, think about the areas of your life that take up too much time. How can you prioritize them differently? What tasks can you delegate to others or stop doing?

Write these actions down to help you stay committed and on-track.

By setting goals and making an effort to spend your time more effectively, you can feel happier overall. Using the Wheel of Life can help you find balance in the areas most important to you and monitor changes over time.

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