My next challenge in the 52 Week Simplify Your Life challenge is to complete a Wheel of Life assessment. This is an exercise to evaluate which areas consume most time and energy in my life, and highlight areas that require more focus and attention. The aim is to use this to help set goals and take action to achieve a more balanced life.
The first five of my life areas are directly connected to Values identified in a previous challenge. Then I added some other areas that are important to balance my life; Home Environment, Work and Friendships. My wheel looks like this:
Health 4/5 ~ This has been an area of focus for me over the past 3 months. I am choosing to exercise and eat better and have lost 13kgs so far. I feel fitter and healthier and am loving fitting into smaller size clothes! I will never be a gym junkie or health nut, but hope to drop 1 or 2 more kgs and maintain my current health.
Wellbeing 4/5 ~ I have been actively working on my mental and spiritual health for a couple of years. I have incorporated Gratitude under the Wellbeing heading as I recognise this is a vital aspect of my wellbeing and personal happiness. Wellbeing is an area I will continue to actively focus my energy.
Family Relationships 5/5 ~ Again, this is an area I’ve been working hard to improve. I am happy with our family dynamic and relationships. One thing I would like is to go out for dinner dates with my husband occasionally but hopefully this will come as the kids get older.
Adventure & Fun 2/5 ~ This comes from our Family Mission Statement. I would definitely like to see this improve to a 3 or 4. We need to plan to spend more time together doing fun things! I’d love to have some weekends away, go camping and let the kids get dirty and have fun. They are growing so fast & now is the time to embrace good times!
Personal Growth 3/5 ~ First step was researching and improving my health and wellbeing. Second step was joining the challenge to simplify my life. I’m happy devoting this amount of energy to my personal growth. On track.
Home Environment 2/5 ~ Seriously requiring some action to organise my home! My family is well fed, clothed and loved but my home often looks like a bomb has hit it! Being more organised would mean smoother mornings, less clutter and more time for fun and relaxation. I need to wake up earlier, improve routines, start menu planning and get my mojo on! Lots to do here
Work 1/5 ~ Ok, so this is my lowest scoring life area. But it doesn’t concern me too much. I’ve chosen to stay at home with my children until they are at least school age. I do feel like I am starting to lose touch with my career and need to dip my toe back in. I would be happy to raise this to a 2, perhaps by starting some professional development, and refreshing my skills.
Friendships 3/5 ~ I am not someone who makes friendships easily. But the friends I do have I treasure. The time I spend with friends is totally not reflective of how much I value them! By working on some other areas, I hope to free up more time for coffee dates and barbeques and just plain old catching up.
There are no surprises for me here. I’ve enjoyed the exercise and feel proud of my few high scores because these are areas I have been recently focussing my energy. My wheel would have looked completely different 2 years ago! Now I can clearly identify other areas that I need to work on to achieve greater balance in my life.
It does make me wonder if there has ever been a person to own a prefectly balanced wheel of 5s? I don’t know if that would actually exist- surely that person would have other issues!
Have you participated in the Wheel of Life exercise? Were there any nice surprises?