Why a Perfectly Imbalanced Life Leads to Happiness

A balanced life doesn’t exist

Elaine Hilides
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I’ll probably upset someone when I say I don’t like Wheel of Life exercises.

I don’t like any tools, techniques or exercises when coaching, to be fair, but there’s something about filling in segments on a chart to see how unbalanced my life is that makes my teeth itch.

Why? And here I’ll upset even more people: I don’t like Wheel of Life exercises for the same reason I don’t like personality tests; they are context-specific.

You might spend more time working on a project when you have a deadline and not get to spend time with family or friends, so the working segment is larger than any other. Or you might spend time looking after an aged relative and not have time for yourself. But these things change.

This happens in all areas, so you don’t get a helicopter instant view of your life; you get a snapshot of where you are now, and this will always be unbalanced.

I bought into this model years ago and spent time trying to make the pieces fit before I realised that I couldn’t do everything all the time.

And if, like me, you’ve ever attempted to balance your life, you know how impossible this is. The only guarantee is that as soon as you think you’ve given equal…

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Elaine Hilides
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I can help you go from anxious to peaceful. Wellbeing coach for over a decade. Author, and International speaker, lives by the sea. elainehilides.com