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When we talk about occupations, very often people equate this to the work that we do. But it is an incomplete picture to portray ourselves as only our jobs.

In reality, our occupations are so much more – they are encompassed by all of the roles that we take on; be it a devoted mother or father, an enthusiastic sports person, a shrewd housekeeper, an avid reader, or an outdoorsy beachcomber.

We are occupational beings and our happiness and satisfaction rests in fulfilling all areas of our lives.

Sometimes, in the day-to-day moving and mechanics of life, we forget about our whole selves. It is important, from time to time, to stop, take stock, and prioritise our own development and satisfaction.

A really nice, practical, visual way of doing this is through the use of a balance wheel.

In this simple circular diagram, you divide life up into different areas of meaning, and are then able to rate your level of satisfaction in each area.

Much like slices of pizza, each wedge of the circle is allocated to a different facet of life. These could include anything meaningful to you, but usually revolve around: health, career, family and friendships, fun and recreation, money, personal and spiritual growth, a significant other in your life, and the physical environment in which you live and work.

With the centre of the circle representing 0 and the circumference representing 10, with 0 being the least satisfied and 10 being the most satisfied, you are then able to plot your level of satisfaction with each of the areas of your life.

Asking yourself key questions like: “Have I been healthy this year? Do I have any unhealthy habits I would like to stop? Or are there any healthy life choices I would like to include in my life?” will help you to decide on a rating of satisfaction.

How happy am I with the way things are? Is there anything I would like to remove/take away? And, is there anything I would like to include to make this life area better?

Imagining the circle to be a wheel and looking at the outline of your wheel created from a combination of your satisfaction lines, give you a clear idea of how bumpy a ride it is that you are on in this life.

A smoother outline to your wheel represents a more balanced life. A fuller, bigger wheel represents a more satisfied life.

Being able to see the areas of your life that are causing dissatisfaction or in which you are unfulfilled will help you to make realistic goals and plans for a happier future.

This is an activity that can be done at regular intervals so that you are able to monitor and evaluate your progress and make sure that you stay on track to growing your life to the best of your ability.

Sometimes we feel that there is too much to do and too little time to do it and that taking the time to do an activity like this is impossible. The truth is that when we reflect in a structured way and make a goal-oriented plan to move forward, we often save ourselves time and energy in the long run.  

Remember, happy, whole people make happy, whole, and efficient professionals. Being the most fulfilled version of yourself will only make you a better teacher!

We’ve created a life balance wheel template for you to use. Simply register on Teachers TV, our online teachers learning platform, to download this free resource! Register for your FREE DOWNLOADABLE TEMPLATE here. 

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