I’ll be adding downloadable exercises to this page. Feel free to use these for yourself or for others; I just ask that you keep my logo and website on them. Thank you!
Life Values and Priorities: This worksheet includes a lengthy list of both life and career values, which will help you decide what is most important in your life at this time. Remember that values can change over the years, so it is helpful to review these every so often.
Skills and Accomplishments: This exercise helps you to reflect on what you have accomplished at various jobs, volunteer experiences, projects, and school-related experiences and what skills you tapped into to achieve these successes. Identifying your strongest skills that are also energizing to you is an important part of the career assessment process.
Ideal Week: This exercise helps you to identify themes and patterns of what you would like to have as part of your ideal week, particularly if you would like to incorporate some type of flexibility into your work. It is helpful to first complete the Life Values and Priorities exercise first before moving on to this one.
52 Weeks to Better Life Balance Exercises
Work-Life Balance Reflection Questions: These reflection questions can be completed at the beginning of a new year or at another time. They focus on one’s work-life balance for the past 12 months, as well as thoughts about the next 12 months. This exercise can be helpful to complete prior to identifying one’s top priorities and values as well as setting goals for the new year. (This exercise is part of Week 1 of the 52 Weeks to Better Life Balance blog series).
Time Horizons: This exercise helps you focus on your top priorities and what is most important to you by imagining that you have five years left to live. This is based on Brigid Schulte’s book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. (This exercise is part of Week 2 of the 52 Weeks to Better Life Balance blog series).
Weekly Time and Energy Tracking Chart and Instructions: Use this chart to track your time and energy in 30-minute increments to see how you really spend your days. It is ideal to record your time over at least two to four weeks for optimal data. (This exercise is part of Week 3 of the 52 Weeks to Better Life Balance blog series).
Life Roles and Domains Exercise: In this exercise you will identify the roles and domains that you have taken on in your life, prioritize them, and reflect on various aspects of each one. Lastly, you will wrap up by creating goals for improvement within each role/domain. (This exercise is part of Week 4 of the 52 Weeks to Better Life Balance blog series).
Personal Values Exercise: This exercise helps you identify your top personal values, consider how you express your values through your life roles and domains, and devise ways to keep them in the forefront of your mind. (This exercise is part of Week 5 of the 52 Weeks to Better Life Balance blog series).