The circle of life

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Nearly a month has passed since I declared 2015 to be the Year of Foundation. The next step was to identify my focus areas and start the goal-planning process. Admittedly, I kept putting that off. If I set goals then I would have to actually start to do something, and although not doing anything (as was the case for most of 2014) has not worked well for me, I was in a groove (or should we say rut?).

But I can’t put it off much longer. The end of the calendar year approaches. And 2015 has to be different. I took a look back at the last time I went through this process, when I was planning for 2013. Back then I identified 7 areas of focus in my life, not all of equal priority. They were:

  1. Professional
  2. Social
  3. Intellectual
  4. Spiritual
  5. Psychological
  6. Recreational
  7. Physical


Back then I decided to focus on numbers 1 through 4 primarily. I don’t intend to do a way late review of 2013’s progress. But figured I would revisit the list to see if that is how I want to identify the areas of focus.

A couple months ago, my therapist took me through a wheel of life approach which divided life into 8 areas:

  1. Career
  2. Money
  3. Health
  4. Friends & Family
  5. Significant Other/Romance
  6. Personal Growth
  7. Fun & Recreation
  8. Physical Environment

Somewhat different as it separated some that I had as one. I had included friends, family and S.O. under social, and separated health into physical and psychological. The second list does perhaps a better job of capturing the areas I might want to focus on in the coming year, but it leaves out the spiritual altogether, though I suppose that could fall under personal growth. In any case, I define what they mean for me as I go through my goal-setting process.

The nice thing about the wheel of life approach is that it gives me a visual way to assess my current status, thereby giving me a basis for comparison. I will dig up the one I did back in about July, and then do one this month as part of this process to see where I have improved in the last few months and which areas need to be the greatest priority. Then I will determine whether I want to change up the categories going into 2015.

How do you identify areas of your life to work on?



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