Goal Circle Exercise

The New Year has begun and it is that time again when we make resolutions and set goals.  It is a great time to reassess our busy lives and think about what we want to accomplish or do to balance our lives during the next year. We recently came across a cool writing exercise by Reboot Partners to help you change your life and bring it back into harmony and balance.  Instead of just making a resolution that fades over a couple of weeks, this reflection exercise will provide a focus on your priorities along with actionable steps


  • Draw a circle and divide it into 6 even pie-like slices. The equal pie slices are to remind you to give equal weight to each aspect of your life, if not in time at least in mental thought.
  •  In each slice, write an area or category of your life that you want to focus on for the next year.  Examples might be: Financial, Health and Exercise, Creativity, Career, Friends and Family, Spirituality, Romantic Relationships, Renovating the House, Writing a Book, etc.
  • Write 5 measurable and obtainable goals you can accomplish under each category. Be specific and make sure you can see results at the end of the year.  For example, under Financial, you might write: Put all financial information online by June; or under Creativity, it might be: Take an art course from the local university this year…You get the picture!

It may take you a couple of hours, or you might want to go back to it within a few days to make changes as the process gets you thinking.  When you are finished, go back and pick one goal that is most important to accomplish this year from each category and write that down and put it somewhere as a reminder, to look at occasionally.  After 6 months, pull out your Circle Goals again and review it, but make no changes, then look at it again at the end of the year and reflect on all you have changed in your life.  We never get everything in our Circle done, but we get so much more than we thought and we have given priority to those things that we say are important, but never seem to have the time to do.

Reboot Partners is a company that offers mentoring and consulting to those that are seeking to retire early, take a break from their career, or plan a sabbatical.  They offer tons of webinars and workshops to help you create a personalized realistic plan for making your next chapter in life a reality – no matter how old you are. The above exercise was developed by Cathy Allen, author of  The Artist’s Way at Work, as a way of creating a more balanced approach to life.

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