The Wheel of Life

What is it?

The Wheel of Life is a tool that helps you visualize how balanced and satisfactory your life is today.

Why use it?

You might tend to focus on specific areas of your life and forget or neglect other areas. The tool helps to visualize the current situation and creates the desire to improve in the areas that really matters to you.


First, pick 8 categories which to represent the important facets of your life. Ideas of categories are below:

  • Health
  • Relationships
  • Social
  • Cultural
  • Career
  • Business
  • Financial
  • Spiritual
  • Personal growth
  • Fun and Leisure
  • Significant other
  • Contribution
  • You could also decide to focus exclusively your wheel on the professional aspect of your life and identify only categories in that area.

Use the area to label each piece of the pie chart below,

Rank how you are currently doing in each area from 0 to 10 like in the example below.

Reflect on how smooth or bumpy the wheel would roll if it were real.

Identify one action that would make improvements in one important area for you.

Come back to your wheel when you are ready for the next action.


Further Information

  • Paul J. Meyer is the original creator of The Wheel of Life in the 1960s.


  • 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.