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5 Steps to Establishing Life Balance (Part 3)

By on Mar 18, 2019 in Blog, Life Balance | 0 comments

Evaluate Your Life and Adjust it to a “7”


Something special happens when you live with balance. Life becomes more enjoyable and more exciting. You’re more productive. Things start snapping into place.

I’ve posted the first two steps to establishing life balance in Part 1 and Part 2. If you read these posts, you know it’s not perfection. Your goal is to get each area to “good enough”.

Here’s step 3 in getting your life more balanced.

Step 3: Evaluate & Adjust to a “7”

Use this Life Wheel Assessment worksheet to evaluate each area of your life on a scale of 1 to 10 over the last two weeks. 

Make adjustments in your low and high areas. Below are some simple things you can do improve each area. Mark the ones that inspire you. Small improvements have a big impact. Download our Balance Tactics Worksheet for a complete list of activities.

Spiritual

Δ Volunteer for a favorite charity
Δ Journal about your successes, hopes, struggles, prayers
Δ Spend 5 – 10 minutes praying each day
Δ Attend a 12 Step meeting (AA, Al Anon, Celebrate Recovery)
Δ List out and focus on what you’re grateful for
Δ Find a spiritual mentor
Δ Listen to worship music
Δ List 5 things you are grateful for that happened yesterday
Δ List 5 things you are excited to experience later today
Δ Go on a 30-minute walk
Δ Read spiritual literature each morning

Family

Δ Learn how to be more assertive
Δ Spend more time with encouraging family members
Δ Have better boundaries with emotionally unhealthy family
Δ Have a consistent date outing with your spouse
Δ Start a new family tradition (e.g. Movie Night, Game Night)
Δ Have family over monthly (e.g. Sunday potluck)
Δ Schedule consistent time with your closest friends
Δ Video call with family out of town with FaceTime or Skype
Δ Engage in a mutual hobby with your spouse
Δ Schedule a fun outing with each of your children
Δ Plan a vacation and build excitement with your family

Health & Self-Care

Δ Get 30 minutes more sleep each night
Δ Get 60 minutes more exercise each week
Δ Learn about tools to help fight anxiety & worry
Δ Increase your knowledge on diet and nutrition
Δ Improve your diet through moderation and healthier eating
Δ Learn and practice stress management skills
Δ Try yoga, Pilates, or other stretching activities
Δ Drink 32 more ounces of water each day
Δ Schedule an annual physical exam

Intellectual

Δ Read 30 minutes of non-fiction per day
Δ Listen to audio books (e.g. audible.com)
Δ Listen to uplifting podcasts each day in your car
Δ Watch less than 5 hours of TV weekly 
Δ Take a class at a local college
Δ Join a mastermind group
Δ Build new intellectually stimulating friendships
Δ De-clutter and throw stuff away
Δ Make a list of your 5 favorite non-fiction books and re-read them
Δ Take an art class (i.e. painting, drawing, pottery)

Social & Fun

Δ Plan time for your hobbies each week
Δ Plan an outing with friends each month
Δ Intentionally meet new people
Δ Make a list of 5 hobbies you might be interested in trying
Δ Try out a couple potential new hobbies
Δ Entertain (have a party, have people over for meals & games)
Δ Read a book on improving your social skills
Δ Join a club (e.g. book club, country club, etc.)
Δ Turn family relationships into friendships
Δ Rekindle a strong friendship from the past

Career / Business

Δ Take 30 minutes on Friday to plan your next week
Δ Learn new technology that can help you be efficient
Δ Schedule 30 minutes each week to organize
Δ Attend workshops to invest in your professional development
Δ Improve your public speaking skills by joining toastmasters
Δ Create/update your LinkedIn profile
Δ Invite someone to lunch in order to connect professionally
Δ Do 1 thing you are afraid of professionally each day/week
Δ Work a part time job in a new career field of interest
Δ Attend networking events in your community

Financial

Δ Establish and live on a budget
Δ Hire a financial planner
Δ Learn and use a financial tracking system (e.g. Quicken, etc.)
Δ Use the cash envelope system to control spending
Δ Get financial education (e.g. Financial Peace University)
Δ Work a part time job to increase your income
Δ Decrease expenses on food, gas, or other budget categories
Δ Spend more time with people who are good with money
Δ Make a plan to pay off your debts
Δ Learn to live without credit cards

Knowing where your life is out of balance is 20% of the battle. The other 80% is doing something about it. Tony Robbins calls this deciding to take Massive Radical Action. Like most good things in life, it takes work, and you may not see the impact of your efforts right away. Darren Hardy describes his delayed gratification concept in one of my favorite books The Compound Effect. As you improve your balance, your life will improve.

Adam Gragg is a life coach and mental health therapist. He specializes in life transitions, career issues, marriage and family counseling, and helping people overcome anxiety and depression. He is skilled at helping workplace teams thrive. Click here to find out how he can help you, and your team, get to the next level. 

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