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Your Life Balance Satisfaction Scale

This activity is intended to provoke awareness and action toward bringing the various aspects of your life into balance. Rank the following statements according to your satisfaction with the actual activity (frequency, quality, etc.). You won't actually add up any of these scores, but at the end of each section you'll give a section ranking from 0-10, according to the overall level of your satisfaction. A zero ranking indicates not satisfied and 10 is ultimate satisfaction. At the end of the exercise, take a few minutes and write down actions you can take to bring each section to a ten rating within the next 30 days.

CHOOSE SATISFACTION LEVEL H(igh)--- M(edium) --- L(ow)--- N(ot)

 PHYSICAL ASPECTS OF MY LIFE

H M L N I get physical exercise.
H M L N I am generally free from illness.
H M L N I actively control my stress.
H M L N I take time for relaxation.
H M L N I have a healthy diet, specific to my own body's needs.
H M L N I drink plenty of filtered water.
H M L N I limit my intake of caffeine.
H M L N I limit my intake of sugar.
H M L N I limit my intake of alcohol.
H M L N I avoid intake of tobacco and drugs.

Assign a satisfaction rating (from 0 to 10) for Physical Aspects of Your Life:

 EMOTIONAL ASPECTS OF MY LIFE

H M L N I spend time in meaningful relationships.
H M L N I seek out synergistic relationships with others.
H M L N I allow myself to experience the full range of my emotions.
H M L N I express my emotions appropriately.
H M L N I express myself authentically (I say what is really true for me).
H M L N I behave in ways that increase the potential for others to respect me.
H M L N I do not let my emotions create turbulence in my life.
H M L N If I'm in a bad mood, I acknowledge and experience my feelings, and do what needs to be done anyway.
H M L N If I'm in a bad mood, I am gentle and accepting of myself.
H M L N I take responsibility for my own happiness.

Assign a satisfaction rating (from 0 to 10) for Emotional Aspects of Your Life:

 MENTAL ASPECTS OF MY LIFE

H M L N I am committed to continuous learning and personal growth.
H M L N I read for professional development.
H M L N I read for personal enjoyment.
H M L N I limit the amount of television I watch.
H M L N I utilize my creativity in many different forms.
H M L N I engage in both logical (left brain) and creative (right brain) activities.
H M L N I am aware of the belief systems that guide my actions.
H M L N I take time each day to let my brain operate in an alpha (slower brain wave) state to encourage creativity and prevent stress.

Assign a satisfaction rating (from 0 to 10) for Mental Aspects of Your Life:

SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF MY LIFE

H M L N I take time for solitude and reflection.
H M L N I have a connection to my spirituality and/or formal religion.
H M L N I experience purpose and/or meaningfulness in my life.
H M L N I express and/or experience gratitude frequently.
H M L N I feel empowered to fulfill my desires.
H M L N I feel connected to others.
H M L N I choose the values by which I live.
H M L N I take time to nurture my spiritual development.

Assign a satisfaction rating (from 0 to 10) for Spiritual Aspects of Your Life:

MY BALANCE BETWEEN SELF-CARE AND CARE OF OTHERS:

SELF-CARE
H M L N I take time to develop personal mastery.
H M L N I actively, regularly meet my own needs and desires.
H M L N I ask others to meet my needs and desires.
H M L N I engage in personal hobbies and interests.
H M L N I do work that I enjoy.
H M L N I have a vision or goals for my life.
H M L N I have reserves of time.
H M L N I have reserves of money.
H M L N I have reserves of energy.
H M L N I take time for personal reflection.
H M L N I orient my actions around my values.

CARE OF OTHERS
H M L N I have meaningful, close relationships.
H M L N I have adequate social time.
H M L N I have close family connections.
H M L N I affect others in a positive manner.
H M L N I can please others without giving up my own needs.
H M L N I contribute to the needs and desires of others.
H M L N I encourage others to tell me their needs and desires.
H M L N I am a good listener.

Assign a satisfaction rating (from 0 to 10) for Your Balance Between Self-Care and Care of Others:


Take a few minutes and write down some actions you can take to convert all of your sections to a TEN within 30 days. Revisit this exercise to assess your progress.

In order to better address your needs in upcoming articles for On The Learning Edge, the monthly coaching newsletter for Energizing Life and Work, I am conducting a survey . A majority of those of you who have signed up for this newsletter through the web site have indicated that life balance is important to you. I am interested in the specific types of issues you need help with to move toward balance in your life.


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