How A Work Life Balance Coach Helps

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There is a common challenge faced by millions of people worldwide. They are overwhelmed when it comes to managing their time. A work-life balance coach helps provide a solution as they have specialized knowledge in this area.

For many people, the choices relate not only to what type of work to pursue but also how to find the right work/life balance.

In this article, we will discuss how a personal coach can help someone find the work/life balance that will make them happiest.

Finding Help With Work/Life Balance is Difficult

Everyone knows that there are only 24 hours in each day.

If a person has a job, they will spend some hours working and some of the hours not working or what we can call their “personal life.”

Those who struggle with finding the right balance between work and life will not find the Internet very helpful.

They may turn to their family and friends or help. If they ask ten people for advice, they will probably get ten answers.

Seeking guidance from a therapist is an option. However, a therapist typically deals with mental health issues, such as those found in the DSM-5.

A Personal Coaches Approach To Finding Balance

As was outlined in the article – What Does A Life Coach Do Exactly? a coach differs from a therapist in the types of clients they work with and the types of solutions they provide.

Personal Coaches often deal with the issue of how to balance time and goals in your life.

This process usually begins with taking a challenge that appears to be large and overwhelming and breaking it down into manageable pieces.

Coaches use Tools to Help You

A standard tool used by coaches is known as the Wheel of Life, created by Paul J. Meyer.

His first company was dedicated to “Motivating People to Their Full Potential.”

That flagship organization, Success Motivation Institute, gained global renown and earned Paul the reputation as a pioneer of the personal development industry.

Paul became the first to condense self-improvement books and put them onto 12″ LP records, and thereby revolutionizing the personal development industry.

This development allowed for “spaced repetition,” a learning technique that allowed for higher retention and success in applying the content on each recording.

As pictured below, This is often known as the wheel of life.

 

 

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The categories defined on the wheel can differ from person to person. It is an excellent tool because the solution to many challenges comes with breaking them down into smaller pieces.

For example, people often have many goals. However, as the days and weeks go by, some goals are typically accomplished, and others linger.

A new and often practical approach to this challenge is to look at our lives based on the categories outlined in the wheel.

Then we can allocate time to each area, and the goals become more comfortable to accomplish.

7 Steps A Personal Coach may use to help you Achieve the work and life Balance that you want

1 – Focus

When someone begins working with a professional coach, they often notice that the conversation is quite different than when chatting with a friend or family member about a challenge.

The focus of the conversation is on you and your challenge.

Often when we speak with friends, there is not that much listening going on.

If a transcript of the discussion were analyzed, the call really would be more like each person just sharing their complaints.

A trained coach will genuinely listen to what you say about an issue as well as what you might be leaving out of the conversation.

2 – Clarify

The next step in the coaching process is for your coach to clarify the issue.

It is easy to assume what a person’s challenge might be with work/life balance, but coaches never make assumptions; they question to clarify the conversation.

3 – Summarize

In this step of the process, the coach will summarize what they think they hear is the issue. For example.

When someone says they are interested in work/ life balance, a coach might ask, “so what you are saying is you want to decide how many days and hours of your waking time each week, that you will devote to activities that produce income, is that correct?”

4 – Agree on the starting point

In this step of the process, the Wheel of Life can be a valuable tool.

Using the wheel, we can assess how much time to allocate to each category, how happy you are in each category, what goals you would like to achieve in each category, and why.

5 – Prioritize

Hopefully, as we come out of step 4, you will feel less frustrated than when we started.

We have applied some to your busy life and can now perhaps, for the first time, see what our life looks like.

We are now in a position to start making some decisions. And setting some priorities.

6 – Action steps

We may have some alterations of how we are spending our time and efforts.

Often some efficiencies can be detected here as well.

Most of us can accomplish a lot more with our time if we understand how we are using it, make a change plan, and implement a system to help us stay a little more disciplined.

7 – Evaluation

In this final step of the process, we evaluate the results of our action steps.

Did they work, what do we need to change, or what new decisions have we made?

The evaluation usually leads to further action steps.

CONCLUSION

As discussed, finding a balance between our work life and our personal life is a common challenge. 

The Shift Life Coach and many other qualified coaches are a great resource to help anyone who are not happy with their current results.

Personal Coaches have some specialized tools such as “the wheel of life” created to help you get clarity on how you are living your life and, if needed, make some adjustments that will make you happier.