A balance wheel is a popular tool for self-development. Many have heard of it, but not everyone knows how to work with it. Let’s see how to integrate the Wheel of balance into your life.
First, draw a pizza (as in the picture below), slices of which shall reflect your life. This can be health, family, career, financial security, financial planning, personal development.
Don’t rely on the standard set. Life pizza slices can be different. For example, someone will make a block about relationships with people. Someone will divide this sphere into smaller parts – family, loved one, children. If a person is focused on the family, then it will be sensible to evaluate him in each of these sectors. Formulate a set of blocks that is comfortable and useful to you personally.
An important rule: this “pizza” should reflect your whole life. For instance, if there is a sport in your life, make a separate block about it. If you are building a career in a company and at the same time leading some side projects: divide the “work” block into two parts. And so with all areas.
Points and line segments
Fix all areas of life. This is the basis for further work. Now you can build more accurate plans. It is easier to analyze your development in each specific area.
Make a list of goals, directions for each piece of “pizza.” Think about where you can go within these spheres.
Let’s remember the school curriculum, the basics of geometry. For project management of the Balance Wheel, line segments and points are essential. Imagine that each “slice of pizza” is a vector. Make a point at the base – this is where you are now.
Consider a particular career. There is a point – your current position in the company. And there is a vector – the direction in which you plan to develop. It is essential to outline the point so that it doesn’t become an abstract movement into a bright future. It is difficult to move somewhere without an intermediate reward endlessly. It is essential to feel some completeness periodically. That is why you need to mark the segments on the vector. In a career, this can be a crucial case. Reached this point – rejoiced and went on. You need to understand to which position you are moving within each sphere.
The Wheel is convenient for you. At any moment, you can understand which area needs your attention and what to do about it. For instance, it is hard with work: outline the point to which you want to strive. Difficulty communicating within your home team? Pay attention to the family. Come up with a specific separate project or a segment, which you will do differently soon.
In any stressful situation, write out those directions that need change. Then identify two or three key ones. In life, it’s challenging to juggle all directions at the same time. Therefore an attentive management approach is essential here.
Start with simple and easy steps. Gradually as you feel the power, it becomes easier for you to work in several areas.
An instance, learn a different language
Let’s take an example. A common goal is to “learn English someday.” It turns out a vector that stretches far beyond the screen. That’s because learning English is a lifelong story, even several lifetimes. It is not clear when the moment of achieving the goal will come.
How to turn an infinite vector into a segment? One of the most natural options is to answer the question, why do you need a language. For instance, the end of the line could be “pass the TOEFL exam.”
When the exam is passed, the segment will end. Everything that happens in this segment is dedicated to this goal. Put small dots in the section: “perform exercise number 1”, “pass the lesson,” “talk with the carrier,” and so on. That is, you set tasks whose completion will help to pass the exam.
What to do if you feel slipping in some area? Look at the balance wheel. Do you remember what immediate result you run to? What “points” need to be reached? If you do not see a clear picture, start drawing lines again, and planning points.
There is no specific advice regarding the length of the segments. Just do whatever works best. Plan those segments that you comfortably can. It can be weekly planning – then divide the TOEFL test into small sections. If you are more motivated by a longer sprint, put the segments in one to two months. But it is still better to do weekly segments. This way, you can better feel the progress within the direction.
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