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Life Chart & Life Balance

Have you ever created a life Chart?

Do you rush through life so busy the whole time you have no opportunity for reflection and evaluation? Stop and look at how you are living, and ask yourself whether it feels right — are you contented and fulfilled? Are you frustrated in some areas of your life, or is the balance wrong?

Your personal life chart

There are five key areas to your life that make up your life chart. You need to give the right amount of time and attention to each. Looking at your life chart may reveal the uncomfortable truth that, for example, your career and your relationships are both very important to you, but they are in conflict with one another. Just recognizing this fact is valuable and will compel you to try to strike the right balance between the two.

These are the key areas to examine in your life:

Career — Look at all aspects of your present job. Is it interesting and enjoyable? Do you have sufficient responsibility? Will your job allow you to fulfill your career ambitions?

Money — Decide how important money is to you. Do you make enough presently? Would it be better for you if you spent less time earning money and had more time for the other areas of your life?

Health — Do you feel in good physical shape? Do you get enough exercise? How about your diet—are you eating and drinking as you should?

Relationships — Do you see enough of your family and friends? Are you happy with your significant other or your spouse? How committed are you?

Self — Is there something you've always wanted to learn, such as a foreign language or a hobby you've wanted to explore, but have never done anything about it?

Once you examine the five areas of the life chart, you need to take some time to reflect on each area in turn. What do you have at present? How does that compare with what you want? By reviewing each area of your life chart systematically, you can assess your current life balance and identify the changes that you need to make.

Your satisfaction level

Once you examine the five life chart areas, you will need to give each one a satisfaction rating. Then based on the satisfaction ratings, you will decide which life chart areas require action. The satisfaction rating that you assign to each area is a reflection of how you feel about that part of your life. How satisfied with it are you overall? Do not be concerned with what other people might feel or say about your assessment. Your satisfaction rating is based on the language you use to think and to talk about each life chart area. The words you choose will reveal your feelings and aspirations.

Each area of your life chart is assigned one of these three ratings:

High satisfaction — When you are basically satisfied with a life chart area, you talk about it in positive terms. You use words and expressions such as "like," "love," and "enjoy." You also use expressions that indicate you do not want to change the situation: "great," "fulfilled," "rewarding."

Moderate satisfaction — If you are moderately satisfied with a life area, you use positive words, but you qualify them. You might say, "reasonably happy" and "fairly good." You also use language that indicates that you may want change at some point in the future, for example, "might," "maybe," "possibly," "could."

Dissatisfaction — The dissatisfaction rating is associated with words communicating negative feelings, such as "hate," "dislike," "detest," "bored," "frustrated." It is also associated with words that reflect a strong desire to change, like "need to," "have to," "really should," "must."

It may be tempting to want to make changes in all areas of your life that do not have a high satisfaction rating. This would be a mistake. Concentrate instead on the areas where there is a high level of dissatisfaction.

Once you have examined, rated, and assessed the five key areas of your life chart, you have taken the first step to making the necessary changes in your life balance. The next thing you must do is to take action.

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