🎯 Introducing: The Wheel of Life

👋 Hello Software Engineers, Team Leaders, and Life Balancers!

Ever feel like you’re excelling in one area of life but neglecting others? Today, I want to introduce you to a practice from my book, “I am a Software Engineer and I am in Charge,” co-authored with Michael Doyle, that can help you find balance.

🎯 Introducing: The Wheel of Life

🤔 What Is It? The Wheel of Life is a visual tool that helps you assess how balanced and satisfactory your life is right now. It’s like a pie chart for your well-being!

🌟 Why Use It? We often focus on specific areas of our lives, like career or relationships, and neglect others. This tool helps you see the big picture and inspires you to improve in areas that matter to you.

👣 How to Get Started 1️⃣ Pick Categories: Choose 8 categories that represent important facets of your life. It could be Health, Career, Relationships, etc. 2️⃣ Rank Each Area: On a scale of 0 to 10, rank how you’re doing in each category. 3️⃣ Reflect: Imagine if this wheel were real. Would it roll smoothly or bumpily? 4️⃣ Take Action: Identify one action that could improve an important area for you. 5️⃣ Revisit: Come back to your wheel when you’re ready for the next action.

📝 Note: You can also focus your wheel exclusively on professional aspects if that’s where you want to improve.

🔄 Why It Matters Life is a balancing act. The Wheel of Life helps you not just excel in one area but thrive in all.

📚 Want to dive deeper? This is just one of the 18 practices we cover in our book. Check it out at I am in Charge.

👇 Have you ever used a tool like this? What were your insights? Share your thoughts!


  • Alexis Monville

    Alexis Monville worked in multicultural and distributed environments for years, coming back from the US and now based in the southwest of France. When asked if he misses the work in the office, he usually answers that he spent half of his 30 years of management experience in diverse sectors outside of the office and a lot of that working from home. Alexis is Chief of Staff to the CTO at Red Hat, a long-time hybrid open-source software company with more than 100 office locations in 40 countries, where half of the 20,000 people work remotely. Alexis is a firm believer that change starts with the self. He is the author of two books: Changing Your Team From The Inside and I am a Software Engineer and I am in Charge. Alexis facilitates successful playful collaborations. He designs and builds sustainable and high-impact teams and organizations.

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