The Wheel of life: A Tool by Ali Abdaal

What is The Wheel of Life?

The Wheel of Life is a self-help tool designed to assess and visualize different aspects of your life. It’s a circular diagram with sections representing various life areas.

For Ali Abdaal’s listeners, I’ve created a version based on the world’s most-followed productivity expert’s (his words, not mine) insights. It includes the life areas he discusses in his video.

Here are all the mentioned areas:

  • relationships
  • work
  • Body: Physical well-being, fitness, and overall health.
  • Mind: Mental health, cognitive well-being, and emotional balance.
  • Soul: Spiritual well-being and/or connection to meaning in life.
  • Romance: Connection and fulfillment in the realm of romance.
  • Family: Quality of relationships with family members and the overall family dynamic.
  • Friends: Satisfaction and connection with friends, companionship, and social circles.
  • Mission: Fulfillment in your career or job, including alignment of your work with your life purpose, values, and personal mission.
  • Money: Financial well-being, income, savings, and overall financial health.
  • Growth: Personal and professional development and learning.

What is the Purpose of The Wheel of Life?

The purpose of the Wheel of Life is to help you evaluate your current level of alignment (how closely your current actions align with your aspirations) or fulfillment in each area of your life.

You’re asked to rate your satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 10, for each life category. By doing so, the Wheel of Life provides a bird’s-eye view of the areas in your life, helping you evaluate which aspects need more attention or improvement.

By the way, Ali Abdaal has written a book on productivity, featuring more tools like these. Consider giving it a read.

What to do Next (Important)?

After evaluating your life from a bird’s-eye view with Ali Abdaal’s Wheel of Life, you can transform your vague wishes into specific, actionable goals and tasks using Maya Shankar’s tool.

As a cognitive scientist and goal-setting expert, Maya Shankar provides valuable insights.

Effective goal setting: framing and defining goals for motivation (Maya Shankar).

Use Maya Shankar’s tool to set one goal for each of the “Wheel of Life” category.

Here are two examples:

  1. Relationships – Friends: I want to go on three hikes with Ali and Maya (imagine they are my close friends) before the end of 2024.
  2. Work – Money: I want to earn 100 USD from my blog before July 1, 2024 (my current income is 0).

Did I follow all the rules in the tool? I guess.


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