Work-Life Balance – Creating “The Wheel of Life!”

What does work-life balance mean to you especially in these times? Read our founder, Mariam Tijani, give ‘the talk’ about it.

I hope you find yourself being extremely productive and progressive while you are positively exceeding all your expectations of previous years. Every year, we all tend to set New Year Resolutions and hoping we will stick to it. However, how many of us actually see it through? The truth is, we either focus on work or other inconsequentialities. More often than not, we forget that life is meant to be lived and we should aim to achieve a work-life balance.

So, what do I mean by Work-Life Balance?

Work-Life Balance is the proper middle ground between Work (Career, Business & Ambition) and lifestyle (Family, friendship, relationship, health, personal development, spirituality, leisure and much more).

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Fail to plan, plan to fail. Image Credit: Philadelphia Magazine

Today, in late July 2020, and with a pandemic hanging over our heads, the pressure to perform has tripled. Remote working is our new reality, and we all know that you can’t achieve a productive remote working life without mastering stability.

However, in order to make our many goals a reality, we overwork then eventually burn out. As a result of this, we also neglect other vital areas of our lives such as our health leading to frustration, depression, unhappiness and unfulfillment.

The Wheel of Life

The secret of achieving true happiness in life is being able to find a balance between work and play. We can achieve this through the guidance of “The Wheel of Life,” a Personal Development tool. It is used for setting goals and achieving a balanced life.

Dimensions of the Wheel of Life

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Example of a Wheek of life with 1 – 10 Ratings for Satisfaction levels.

There are between 6 – 14 Dimensions in the “Wheel of Life” depending on what areas matters to you most. They are as follows:

  • Family
  • Career
  • Business
  • Studies
  • Friendship
  • Romance
  • Health
  • Finance
  • Spirituality
  • Physical Environment
  • Personal Development
  • Personal Image
  • Leisure
  • Contribution

Steps To Completing a Wheel of Life

First & Foremost, either print off an existing template which you can find online or draw one up yourself on a piece of paper or word document.

Secondly, fill the dimensions with areas which matter to you and rate your satisfaction levels.

Rate between:

8 – 10 (Very Satisfied – Awesome)

5 – 7 (Reasonably Satisfied – Well Done)

4 – 0 (Very Unsatisfied – Room for Improvement)

It is imperative to take your time filling it out and also be brutally honest with yourself during the self-assessment process.

Examining each dimension helps in gaining a visual snapshot of our current life in order to identify strong and weak spots so that we can be informed while creating an ideal life. We also get to track progress and see how every area interacts with one another.

work-life balance

Tara Fela-Durotoye, a Nigerian Beauty Entrepreneur of House of Tara is well-known for being a Female boss & a Homemaker. We can learn a thing or two from this superwoman. Image Credit – Ty Bello

Thirdly, after completing the wheel, reflect on which areas changes need to be made in order to achieve a balanced work-life. Ask yourself the following question:

Why did I score this in each category?

What is my ideal score in each category?

How will I achieve my ideal score within the next month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months?

There are many people with fantastic Careers & Businesses but have a poor family life. The key is to find ways to challenge yourself and push boundaries.

Fourthly, Set goals to address each dimension which has room for improvement so that you can reach ultimate satisfaction levels.

Lastly, take action and commit to set goals as well as tracking progress regularly so that it can be evenly spread. Don’t forget to draw up what you will like your ideal wheel of life to be too.

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 Image Credit – Elevate the Artist

Moving forward, complete the wheel of life at least every 6 months or whenever you’re feeling dissatisfied with your life.

In conclusion, were you surprised by your satisfaction levels in each category? What will you do differently from now on? Has this self-assessment exercise been helpful?

Let me know your thoughts by leaving comments below.

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