The Wheel of Life
What is the aim of the exercise?
This exercise aims at exploring how satisfied the participants are with the various areas of their life. By giving each area a score in the categories of time spent, satisfaction, and importance this exercise follows a systematical approach instead of just generally reflecting if one is satisfied with life.
In what context is this exercise useful?
This exercise is useful as it uncovers areas of the participants lives which might have an imbalance between the time spent on them and the importance of that area. By gaining awareness of such imbalances, participants can later actively make changes in their lives to increase satisfaction in those areas.
Preparation time: 10 min
Workshop time: 45 minutes
Ideal group size: 16-20 people (groups of 2)
Contact of Workshop Developer:
This workshop was developed by Leonie and adjusted by Mathieu.
Equipment and tools needed:
Activity & Format
Start with answering the check-in question by yourself and let everyone share and then hand the word over to someone else.
Introduction & Explanation
What is the wheel of life?
The wheel of life is a tool that lets you explore the different areas, regions, or fields of your life. The goal of this exercise is to gain awareness of those different areas and the time you spent with them, how important they are to you, and how satisfied you are with them.
We provide some areas (like family, university, relationships, etc.) and you can finish the wheel with areas that we do not mention, but that play an important role in your life (e.g., exercise).
How to construct the wheel of life?
You will draw a circle and divide it into 8 sections. Each section is labeled with one of the areas of life. The areas proposed are:
For the other areas you can freely choose your own categories like for example:
These are only recommendations, please make the wheel of life completely your own. It is there to serve you and help you reflect on the areas that play a large role in your life. This is different for all of us, so please add and remove categories as you wish.
Between each category you can label the line with a scale from 0-10.
Next you will take three different colors and for each category mark on a scale from 0-10:
So, one color for each aspect: time spent, importance, and satisfaction
After doing so you can either connect the marks, color the areas underneath or leave them as is as you prefer the to visualize your thoughts.
It may be helpful to illustrate an example of the task with the template provided for flipchart.
After explaining the task, ask if there are any clarification questions.
Participants individually draw and fill in their wheel of life
As participants are thinking and writing, I recommend listening to some focus music
You will now have 5 mins in pairs to reflect on the exercise in general and specifically these questions:
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