I always thought I lived a pretty balanced life. Then one day I came across a life balance wheel. I filled it out and realized I had some major gaps in my life.
I assumed life balance was simply the balance I had between my work life and my home life. I found out it was a whole lot more than that.
What is a Balanced Life?
A balanced life is simply a life where you are satisfied, happy, and content with each area of your life. Not where you spend most of your time. But where you are finding the most personal growth and satisfaction.
Spending more time and effort on a certain area of your life does not mean you are happy in that area. Many times the opposite is actually true.
Example: If you are working 60 hours a week at your job this may lead to dissatisfaction in the area of your career category.
Possible life categories include:
- Relationships – This can be with your partner, family, friends, coworkers, and how you create or cultivate new relationships.
- Education – Anything in your life that creates an environment of learning or growth.
- Career – The job you have now, or wished you had. This includes motherhood if you are a stay at home mom.
- Financial – Everything money related
- Fun – This includes all recreational activities you partake in. Anything that YOU consider fun.
- Creativity/Hobbies – These can be made into separate categories if you prefer.
- Health/Physical – How satisfied are you with the state of your health or physical fitness.
- Mindset/Attitude – Growth mindset, positive attitude. How you feel and act towards life an others.
- Spiritual – Attending church, prayer, meditation, mindfulness, or any other spiritual practice you have.
- Giving/Gratitude – This can include volunteering, donating your time or money, having a gratitude practice or just your level of thankfulness.
- Self – This can include self growth, selfcare, or any other action you take for self improvement.
What is your Life Balance?
To see how balanced your life is simply download the life balance wheel below. Review the 8 categories of life on the wheel. These are very broad categories.
If you would like to change, separate, or create your own categories use the blank wheel that’s also included.
Once you have your life wheel ready, rank each category of your life from 1-5. 1 being very unsatisfied and 5 being very satisfied. Don’t think too long about each category. Be as honest as possible. Only you will see this.
Now examine your finished wheel. How does it make you feel? What results if any, are surprising to you?
How to Create a More Balanced Life
Take out a piece of paper, or use the life balance evaluation sheet I’ve provided with your life wheel download.
Pick 1-3 areas from your life wheel that you would like to improve. Write them down.
Next, decide on 1-3 action steps you can take to improve your level of satisfaction in each of those areas of your life.
- Financial – Track my spending – Create a budget – Save $_____ every payday
- Self – Get my hair done – Soak in a hot bath weekly – Wake up earlier each morning to have time to myself
- Friends – Call a friend I haven’t talked to for a while – Plan a monthly get-together with a few friends – Cultivate 1 new friendship and see how it goes
Note: It is not necessary to pick 3 action items. If you are feeling overwhelmed just pick 1 or 2 action items to begin with.
This can be as simple or as involved as you want to make it. The point is to think of areas in your life you ignore without even realizing it. To find those areas of your life that create a life out of balance. Then take action steps to create a more balanced life.
This opened up a whole can of worms for me. It led me down a path of self discovery and self growth that I will always be grateful for.
Let me know in the comments below how filling out your life balance wheel helped you. Did you have any surprises or revelations while doing this exercise? I’ve also included a monthly tracking sheet in your download today to keep track of your progress.