If you want to see a higher level of productivity and effectiveness it requires living a balanced life. Legendary Zig Ziglar taught about the Wheel of Life, which focused on the 7 areas a person should concentrate on and maintain. When a leader does this the result will be a balanced life, sustainable, and successful life in all areas. Those areas include:
Zig Ziglar said, “I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life.” Living a balanced life is essential. It’s important to understand some seasons of life requires focusing on certain areas more than others. For example, when starting a business or launching a new product your time will be focused primarily in the area of your career/dream while overlooking some of the other areas. Though once the business is stable or after the launch time it’s important to refocus on the areas we might have neglected. We have to remember that we can’t neglect one areas of our life for a long period of time without the other areas being negatively impacted. Long term success is about having a balanced life.
When it comes to success in all areas of life and to maintain a balanced life remember these three points:
1. Evaluate your life- Taking into account your current leadership responsibilities and life demands it’s important to take a personal inventory of your life. This is about setting aside time (on a regular basis) to evaluate how you are doing in each of the above 7 areas. It might be beneficial to get an outside perspective about your life and priorities from a trusted colleague or family member. An outside view can allow you to gain a proper perspective about your life and main areas of focus.
2. Determine your priorities- Knowing your top priorities and areas of focus is essential when it comes to living a balanced life, both in your personal and professional life. After you determine your top priorities make sure you guard those areas. If you’re able, delegate or avoid as many things as you can that are not considered a top priority or focus area. This does not mean you should neglect something you should do that might not be in your top priorities.
3. Make necessary adjustments- After evaluating your life and determining your top priorities you might have to make some adjustments. It might reveal areas you have been neglecting but that need to to be refocused on. I personally know now that I’m a parent, a lot more of my time and energy needs to be concentrated on my family rather than something important but not as necessary. I’ve had to make that adjustment so my family remains my top priority. Readjust your life (if necessary) so your focus is on the areas of your top priorities and core values.
Questions: How do you maintain a balanced life? Which of the 7 areas on the Wheel of Life do do well in and which ones do you need to refocus on?