Wheel of Life

The Wheel of Life is a powerful coaching tool. It provides an effective way to see the big picture of your life. It helps us to visualize how we spend our energy and time across its most important areas. We often focus too intensely in one area and overlook some of the others. But in order to be happy, we need to have a satisfactory overall performance.

The Life Wheel is shown below. It is a pizza shaped graph, with each of its eight segments representing one major area of life:

Major areas of life

The wheel contains eight areas of life, which are considered quite important. However, feel free to change any of them, in a way that suits you best.

  • Career
  • Finance
  • Health
  • Family and friends
  • Romance
  • Personal development
  • Free time and interests
  • Social contribution

Life Wheel Exercise

  1. Take some time to think and evaluate how well you do in each different area. How satisfied you are.
  2. Mark your satisfaction from 1 to 10. You do not have to try very hard to be accurate. Just provide the answer that first comes to your mind.
  3. After you finish with your evaluation and marking, take another moment to think how important each of these areas are to you at present. Then, mark their importance from 1-10.


Your wheel should look like the following arbitrary example:

Wheel of Life: See the big picture of your life

Time for self-reflection

That’s it, almost finished! Now, prepare a drink, sit in a relaxed posture and do some reflection. Above all, it will give you important awareness about what these results actually mean to you.

Next, check how effective your wheel is. Is it round or bumpy? Does it roll smoothly? Look at the areas where you feel there is room for improvement.

Finally, set some specific goals about what you can improve in the areas you have picked.

See also our article: Cantril Ladder: improve the Quality of your Life!