The Wheel of Life is one of the most popular coaching tools out there.
By having clients self-report on different dimensions or aspects of their lives, the resulting pie chart visualizes not just how clients are doing, but also the gap between their current- and their ideal situation.
We’re excited to announce that you can now create your own Wheel of Life!
How it works
There are two ways to work with the Wheel of Life.
Add our pre-made expansion called ‘The Wheel of Life’ to your activity library.
This activity assesses the levels of satisfaction with different life domains of your clients.
This is what it looks like for you as a practitioner:
Press ‘Send’, select the client you want to send the activity to, and it’ll be on its way to your client!
Create your own version using the new Wheel item in the activity builder.
Simply drag the Wheel item into the activity builder and the following field with options will appear.
In the text field, you can fill out instructions for your clients.
For the score labels, you can fill out something like ‘Not satisfied at all‘ for the minimum score and ‘Highly satisfied‘ for the maximum score. You can choose your own denominators for this.
Depending on what it is you want to assess, you can fill out different dimensions.
For the expansion activity, we have chosen to assess the following 10 life domains of a client:
Clients can score their satisfaction levels for each of these life domains.
The minimum amount of dimensions you can use is 3 and the maximum amount is 10.
A popular way to use the Wheel of Life
The first time I used the Wheel of Life as a client, I was presented with two different wheels.
The first wheel assessed how I would like to divide my time between different life domains (friends, family, work, leisure) and the second assessed how much time I was actually spending in each of these life domains.
You can easily create your own version of this kind of Wheel of life by using the Wheel item with proper instructions and dimensions that assesses the ideal scenario for clients, then using the Page Break item, and then using another Wheel item that assesses how clients actually spend their time.
This is what the page break looks like for your clients when filling out the activity.
The page break will break the activity up into different parts with a ‘Next’ button.
This makes the activity more manageable and less overwhelming for clients to complete.
After having clients fill out the two wheels, you can then have clients reflect on the gap between their ideal and the actual way they divide their time between life domains, which usually results in a powerful confrontation.
Clients often find that they spend more time working and less time on family and friends than they would like to, for instance.
This can provide a great starting point for the next coaching session!
Try it out for yourself
These are just some of the ways in which you can use the Wheel of Life, but there are dozens of other ways to use it.
The good thing about this new activity item is that you can apply the Wheel as you see fit.
Simply open a new activity, drag the Wheel item in there and choose your own dimensions.
I love to hear from you in the comments how you are going to apply this with your clients!
Always at your service,