Effective Challenge is about being able to achieve sustained performance improvement through increased focus and balance. One of the foundations to this approach is awareness across the different responsibilities we have.
We all have a range of responsibilities in our lives or put another way roles. Understanding where we are in those roles will enable you to objectively assess one role in relation to another. It’s inevitable that certain roles will dominate from time-to-time. And to a point that’s fine, even essential. It’s important that we keep this in check though, as failure to do that can lead to a real imbalance and longer-term issues. A practical way to help you to manage this is by regularly completing a Wheel-of-Life exercise.
The WoL is used by many to objectively assess how they are doing. In its most basic application, it starts by working out your current assessment for each role by giving yourself a score out of 10. The picture below gives an example of how to record the score for each area. Once complete you’ll have a coherent view of how things are for you. You can then decide if you need to take action. Done regularly and honestly this will give you a great basis to develop balance and the ability to make decisions in a more informed way.
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity. Download and customise the Wheel of life template to give it ago.