Getting the balance right at work

Friday, 20th January, 2012

Thinking about how I’ve been spending my time recently, listening to music has played a large part (no pun intended!)

This is perhaps unusual for me, as I’m more of a visual /kinaesthetic person, than auditory. But I’ve really enjoyed it, and it’s shown me (there goes my visual side!)  that I’ve had an imbalance in my life, and I was obviously needing to tap into and satisfy my auditory needs – to improve my life balance.

Getting the balance right in our personal lives is a very individual thing. What one person needs to feel in balance is probably quite different to the next person, and even the people you live with. This applies to our working lives too.

How to find out if you’re in balance at work

The Wheel of Life is a common coaching tool used to measure your satisfaction with different areas of your life, seeing where there’s an imbalance, and identify potential areas for development.

Looking at the typical Wheel of Life opposite – Career is only one part of the big picture, and it’s important that we get an appropriate balance for ourselves in this big picture.

But if you were to create a Wheel of Work for yourself, to ensure there’s suitable balance in your working life, what would it look like?

Screenshot 2016-08-08 10.08.18Here’s an adapted version of the wheel (Job Performance Wheel) which I’ve used with Team leaders. They can change the headings to reflect their priorities and role.

So, if you were to examine your balance at work, which headings would you use?

On a scale of 1-10, how would you score yourself for each area?


Tdebbie019 fhank you for taking time to read this blog.

I’m Debbie Inglis, a performance coach, mentor and trainer, working with Heads, Principals, School leaders and their teams to maximise leadership performance, create more effective, confident, and motivated teams … in a way that brings out the best in you.

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