How do we, or better still, should we spend out time and use our energy and resources?
In Rule 9 “Constantly renew yourself.” Covey refers to four basic “areas” of life. These areas are unique groupings of awareness, knowledge, skills and activity that characterize how we deal with life.
Timberlake symbolized life as a “wheel” made of nine components similar to pieces of a pie.
Many personal and life strategy trainers, including Bob Greene, Oprah Winfrey’s personal trainer, use the concept of the “circle of life” with the circle divided into eight even pie wedges. This is an interesting approach because you label each area based on what’s important to you.
William Huitt introduces three core areas and ten “domains” in Becoming a Brilliant Star: A framework for discussing formative holistic education, a paper presented on April 26, 2006 at the International Networking for Educational Transformation (iNet) Conference in Augusta, GA.
Spokes in the Wheel of Life
I like the symbolism of the wheel travelling the road of life and all its bumps. The smoothness of the ride depends on the wheel’s “spokes”. My daughter-in-law groans when I use the term “spokes”. She knows the “engineering physics” in me is just around the corner. I’ll leave that discussion for another post.
First let’s look at the different spokes beginning with the set that deal with your “self”. They can be labeled as:
Mental or thinking, cognitive, using your mind, awareness, consciousness
Emotional or controlling your feelings, affective, empathy
Physical or maintaining your body’s health or wellness
Hobbies or recreation, play time
R&R or rest, recuperation, down time
Next we have two that deal with “others” and include:
Family which includes your immediate relatives and then your extended family
Social or your relationships with friends and neighbours
The fourth set is also “others” but at an “organizational” level such as:
Professional or career, work, occupation, job
Community or giving back in an organized way
To round out the wheel we should include how we spend our time, attention, and resources on:
Financial or money matters and
Spiritual which could include soul, God, religion, church
Are there other resources that should be included? What about nature?
Today my distinct “wheels” are prioritized as follows:
Prioritizing how you plan to spend your time is a profound thinking process.
As you take action remember Rule 4 “Put first things first.”
When you reflect (… there’s thinking again …) on the impact of your actions you will probably encounter many differences in other people’s views, values, priorities, customs and cultures. Keep Rule 7 in mind – “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”
It’s time to sit back and let “it” soak in. “It” is the fullness of life that awaits you.