Wheel of Life

The Wheel of Life is a powerful tool to explore what you value, how you spend your time, and what else might be possible. 

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Consider this as you approach this chapter:

  • Often, 1-3 areas of the wheel are dominating. Where do you spend the most time?
  • At different moments in life, different segments need energy. Do you notice contrast in your wheel when you consider where you have spent time in the past, present, and what you hope for the future?
  • Do any of the words used in the Wheel of Life create a block for you? Do you notice places where the boundaries are blurry? These observations are valuable.

Explore

Walk through the activities

Personal Definition?

  • Reflect on what the different segments mean to you by listing key activities you perform in your present life. You may notice places where there is overlap between categories, which is very interesting to note. Some areas may have more activity than others, and you will probably notice different levels of excitement for different parts of your life. 

Assessing Balance

  • Use the Wheel to explore where you are using your time, money, and emotional resources. For example, many people have developed their lives around investments in education, career, and finances through formal training and work. 

Which activities are life-giving?

  • You know the feeling when something great happens? It brings you energy. Ever finish an activity that is filled with stress and feel tired or angry or depleted in other ways?

    Look through the segments of your life and determine what is taking your energy and what is offering you energy. This might be complex. For example, if you are at odds with the family that raised you, the answer may be that family is depleting. However, if you have found family in the world who you love, that may bring life. Notice where the answers are complex. This is very important information.

Highways and Wilds of Life

  • Play with this metaphor to begin understanding the relationship between your habits and infrastructure in your life.

    • Highways are the “main roads” that connect things. In your Wheel of Life, these are the places where societal physical infrastructure supports activities. Examples of this could be a school, job, or meditation center.

      “Wilds” are uncharted spaces, where little or no societal infrastructure exists. For instance, if your imagination is wild, how does it express in each segment?

      Remember, building infrastructure in wild spaces could ruin it, though there are sustainable ways to engage the wild.

How is my time spent?

  • Capture how much time you are currently investing into each segment. As you consider current reality, you may also remember the past and imagine the future.

Thinking and Doing

  • As you play around with the Wheel, notice if there is a relationship in your Wheel of Life between what you are thinking and doing. For example, maybe you are thinking often about finances and therefore doing alot to make work happen (career). This may be necessary for you right now, and it may also be an opportunity to forge new pathways. Keep observing. What do you notice about your relationship between thoughts and actions?

Take Action for Balance

  • Document what you need to keep / stop / start doing and any blocks in your way, mental or logistical.

Reflections

  • Get writing and imagining the future you want.