Wheel of Life Categories - For a Balanced or Whole Life

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This is a reference article that lists typical Wheel of Life categories. Simply click on these links to get your Free Wheel of Life Template or completely Blank Coaching Wheel (also free).

The aim of the wheel of life tool is to help clients get a visual on how balanced their life currently is. Together the wheel of life categories or labels should represent a balanced life for them. Learn everything you need to know about this coaching tool from The Complete Guide to the Wheel of Life.

Wheel of Life Categories Coaching Tip:

When using the Wheel of Life with your clients, ask them first to review the eight Wheel of Life categories. Then, if there are any categories where the label doesn't feel right - ask them to change it. For example a client may not like the term "Finances" and prefer "Money" or even "Wonga" (you never know!)

The aim is to help your clients feel comfortable with the category names. And if necessary they can split category segments to add in something that is missing. Or you can re-label an area to make it more meaningful for them.

8 Typical Wheel of Life Categories with Alternative Labels:

NOTE: Adapt any wheel of life category by simply splitting an existing category.

  1. Family and Friends. Alternatives include Community, Social. Family and Friends can also split into separate categories of "Family" and "Friends".
  2. Significant Other: Alternatives include Dating, Relationship, Significant Other, Life Partner. Note: We removed "Romance" from our Wheel of life - and here’s why.
  3. Career: Alternative labels include Vocation, Work, Business, Motherhood, Fatherhood, Parenting or Volunteering.
  4. Finances: Other label ideas include Money, Financial Security or Financial Wellbeing.
  5. Health: Alternatives include Wellbeing and Fitness. This category could also split into Emotional Health and Physical Health, and/or include Spiritual Health.
  6. Home Environment: Other labels could be simply "home", "house" or "apartment". This category could split into two for work and home environments. Finally, this wheel of life category can also simply switch to "Work Environment" for career or business clients.
  7. Fun & Leisure: Some other ideas for this category label include Leisure Time, Sports, Recreation, Play, Creativity or Enjoyment.
  8. Personal Growth: Alternatives include Learning, Self-Development or Spiritual.

Other Ideas for Wheel of Life Labels:

So, hopefully we've give you lots of ideas! Some other ideas for life balance wheel labels include Security, Spiritual Growth, Religion, Sense of Self, Community, Leadership, Service or Achievement.

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