Wheel of Life
In the Holistic Vision we look at how our time is spent across segments: work, finances, health, fun, faith, family, relationships, and learning. The workbook linked below invites you to define these segments for yourself. For example, you decide who your family is. If the word faith annoys you, replace it with a word that works. You get the idea? You are the decider about what different parts of your life mean.
This activity is designed to get you thinking about the confines of a 24 hour day so that you can manage time as a resource. Are you spending your life in an area where you are unhappy? Why? Or maybe you are busy all the time. Can you allow for your life to be spacious? What might happen in the open space? Just some low-key spreadsheet fun as a structure for imagination, dreaming, and gaining clarity about what is true now, and where you are going.
This workbook includes three sheets.
Define For Yourself: Describe the activities in each segment, decide if it is a priority, and imagine what you want to create in this segment this season.
Where do you actually spend your time? Please be as honest as possible. This is for you - not your mom or your partner or your boss or whatever other voices are in the mix.
Where do you aspire to spend your time? Compare your current reality to your desired reality.
*Click on the File menu to download the Google sheet*
Time is not linear in reality. This tool is designed to be linear so that you can narrow your priorities and find open space to live your dreams.
Once you have completed all the sheets, go back to sheet 1 “Define for Yourself”, and make revisions to your goals in column D based on what you learned about your time/capacity.
Relax. You can change your mind. Practice writing down what you really want, and being honest about what is actually happening right now.
Walking through your everyday life, notice - where am I? Notice when you shift from one segment of your life to another, and where the lines are blurred. Notice all the ways you are learning. Think about relationships from the interpersonal all the way out to your connection to the planet and beings seen and unseen. Know in your body where your time is spent.
Stretch your thinking
What does your Wheel of Life look like? How can you dig into it and spend more time on what you love?
Axis: Bold as Love, the 1967 album by Jimi Hendrix, fell out of the sky and blew back into my life like a wild storm. It was as if I was hearing it for the first time. I needed a reminder that conformity to the ways of this world is a decision, and it does not always align with what we truly love. Somewhere along the path inertia can get us, and confuse us into thinking that the way it’s always been done is the only option. For many of us, living our truth and being ourselves in public risks our safety.
In the epic If 6 was 9, the album’s A side culmination, Hendrix vows to let his freak flag wave on and on. You can feel him shredding the constructs and conventions that polite society require from one note to the next, and he makes no apologies for it. He speaks softly and sure: “I've got my own life to live. I'm the one that's going to have to die when it's time for me to die. So let me live my life the way I want to.”
Hendrix died suddenly in 1970 at the age of 27. Aren’t you glad he didn’t listen to the people who said his guitar playing was weird and had no place in the world?
Your reflections are gold! Thank you for taking a moment to contribute your thoughts about this page and linked worksheet. This is how I make it better.