Define your Life Areas
In the previous section we discusses the reason and benefits for using Life Areas to break down our lives into sections, so that we can mentally focus on one at a time in helping to define the :-
- Vision of the future you
- Your Values and Why
- A high level Strategy on how you plan to achieve the Vision
- Do a SWOT Analysis – a self analysis
- Set Goals and define an Actions plan
. . . for EACH Life Area. Yes, that’s a lot of thinking and self assessing, and it will take some time – weeks, maybe months until you have a complete picture of yourself in each of the Life Areas.
Our suggestion is to start off with 2 or 3 life areas initially. Maybe Family, Career, and Health to start with.
Now it’s time to define a list of Life Areas that are most important to you.
Back to basics
Before getting into the suggested lists of Life Areas, let’s first go back to the basics. For our overall, holistic wellness there are 3 core elements – Body, Mind and Spirit. These 3 have been considered by many cultures over 1000’s of years, acknowledging each is just 1 part of the whole.
In modern times these 3 have been broken down into Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Physical, which contribute to our overall wellbeing.
As you can see, we’re still at a conceptual level, not yet at a practical level that we can apply.
Getting the Balance right
One desired outcome of using Life Areas is to achieve Balance (in life), so with this in mind and using the basics above, we can break out Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Physical into more a more practical list.
Wellness practitioners provide a more detailed breakdown, typically (some more, some less) into these 7 dimensions :
- Physical – health and fitness of the body
- Emotional – acknowledging and expressing yourself
- Intellectual – life long learning and new ideas
- Spiritual – moral, values, and guidance
- Social – relationships and interaction with others
- Occupational – finding meaning in the work we do
- Environmental – looking after the world around us
Here we have a more practical breakdown into what we can now use as a suggestion for our Life Areas. One that will help us build Balance in our lives.
There is no explicit list of Life Areas dimensions that we have to follow, but the above Wellness list is a very good one to use.
There are suggested lists that are useful, but ultimately you need to decide what suits you. Zig Ziglar suggested these (before ‘Wellness’ became a thing!):
- Spirituality / Religion
- Health & Fitness
- Fun, Recreation & Entertainment
- Physical Environment
- Giving Back
The Wheel Of Life is a tool used by life coaches to help visualise the Life Areas in a wheel, where each segment is a Life Area. The idea is to assess yourself & your life to see if there are important things you’ve been neglecting, or things you’ve been giving too much of yourself