Making time to take stock of the year’s accomplishments and failures is hugely important; without reflection there’s little to base strategies upon.
We’ve discovered a fantastic tool here at CreativesRus called The Wheel of Life. It’s a simple diagram that allows you to assess how well balanced your life is, from family life and hobbies to career and health.
To find yourself on the wheel, rate yourself in each category, for example if you’re doing fantastically in your career pop yourself further away from the centre, and if you’re neglecting your hobbies, put yourself closer to the centre.
It would be fair to assume that most people’s wheels are somewhat unbalanced. Juggling career and health can be very tricky (unless your line of work happens to be something that doesn’t involve sitting down all day picking at biscuits and guzzling tea). Likewise, balancing career and family may leave you with little time to yourself, and that’s a recipe for burnout.
Your own Wheel of Life has to be balanced, and perhaps looking at it in black and white (or indeed purple and orange) will encourage you to take the necessary steps to achieve the equilibrium essential for living, not just surviving.